PC Engines APU 4

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The PC Engines APU 4 boards are in the same family as the APU 3 and 2 boards. it has 3 mPCIe slots, two of them wired with USB and SIM slots to use with 3g and 4g modems and the last one has mSATA and mPCIe hooked up to use with an ssd or wifi chipset. there is also an onboard sata port that is shared with the mSATA port. there is also an sd card slot. the board can boot from usb, sata, sdxc, or pxe boot.

openwrt x86_64 ext4 cloned to an msata ssd then put in the left slot boots up. all 4 ethernet ports are working have not tested wifi modules or cellular modules yet

apu4d4

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ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
APU4D4AMD Embedded G series GX-412TC1000SDHC40961x (mini-)PCI(e), 2x (mini-)PCI(e) USB+SIM---4-2x 3.0

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This section deals with

  • How you install OpenWrt from a device freshly opened
  • The steps required such as reset to factory defaults if the device has already been configured

Note: Reset router to factory defaults if it has been previously configured.

  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/Upgrade.asp
  • Upload .bin file to router
  • Wait for it to reboot
  • Telnet to 192.168.1.1 and set a root password, or browse to http://192.168.1.1 if LuCI is installed.

Specific values needed for tftp

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Bootloader tftp server IPv4 address FILL-IN
Bootloader MAC address (special) FILL-IN
Firmware tftp image Latest OpenWrt release (NOTE: Name must contain “tftp”)
TFTP transfer window FILL-IN seconds
TFTP window start approximately FILL-IN seconds after power on
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generic.sysupgrade

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  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/luci/mini/system/upgrade/ LuCI Upgrade URL
  • Upload image file for sysupgrade to LuCI
  • Wait for reboot

If you don't have a GUI (LuCI) available, you can alternatively upgrade via the command line. There are two command line methods for upgrading:

  • sysupgrade
  • mtd

Note: It is important that you put the firmware image into the ramdisk (/tmp) before you start flashing.

sysupgrade

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
sysupgrade /tmp/xxx.abc

mtd

If sysupgrade does not support this router, use mtd.

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
mtd write /tmp/xxx.abc linux && reboot

Basic configuration After flashing, proceed with this.
Set up your Internet connection, configure wireless, configure USB port, etc.

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The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan EXAMPLE LAN & WiFi EXAMPLE 192.168.1.1/24
vlan0 (eth0.0) EXAMPLE LAN ports (1 to 4) EXAMPLE None
vlan1 (eth0.1) EXAMPLE WAN port EXAMPLE DHCP
wl0 EXAMPLE WiFi EXAMPLE Disabled

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Numbers 0-3 are Ports 1-4 as labeled on the unit, number 4 is the Internet (WAN) on the unit, 5 is the internal connection to the router itself. Don't be fooled: Port 1 on the unit is number 3 when configuring VLANs. vlan0 = eth0.0, vlan1 = eth0.1 and so on.

Port Switch port
Internet (WAN) EXAMPLE 4
LAN 1 EXAMPLE 3
LAN 2 EXAMPLE 2
LAN 3 EXAMPLE 1
LAN 4 EXAMPLE 0

hardware.button on howto use and configure the hardware button(s). Here, we merely name the buttons, so we can use them in the above Howto.

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The PC Engines apu4d4 has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
EXAMPLE Reset reset
EXAMPLE Secure Easy Setup ses
EXAMPLE No buttons at all. -

listed on page 9 and 10 of the manual

https://www.pcengines.ch/pdf/apu4.pdf

General
Brand PC Engines
Model APU4D4
Versions
Device Type Single Board Computer
Availability Available 2022
Comments - general
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Commit http://¿
Supported Since Release ¿
Supported Current Release 21.02.3
Unsupported
Hardware
Bootloader Coreboot
Target x86
System-On-Chip AMD Embedded G series GX-412TC
CPU MHz 1000
Flash MB SDHC
RAM MB 4096
Network
Ethernet 100M ports -
Ethernet Gbit ports 4
Switch n/a
Modem -
VLAN Yes
Comments - network ports Intel i211AT
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz -
WLAN 5.0GHz -
WLAN Hardware 1x (mini-)PCI(e), 2x (mini-)PCI(e) USB+SIM
Detachable Antennas -
Comments - WLAN
Interfaces
USB ports 2x 3.0
SATA ports 1
Serial Yes
JTAG Yes
Comments - USB & SATA ports 1x mSATA + USB + SIM, 1x mPCIe USB only + SIM, 1x mPCIe pcie only
Misc
LED count 3
Button count -
Power supply 12V DC 1.5A, Jack = 2.5 mm, center positive
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL
OEM device homepage URL https://www.pcengines.ch/apu4d4.htm
Firmware OEM Stock URL http://¿
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/21.02.3/targets/x86/64/openwrt-21.02.3-x86-64-generic-ext4-combined.img.gz
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL
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Front:
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Back:
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Backside label:
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when ordering this SBC you can choose to have it pre-assembled or not

disassembly and assembly instructions are available on the pcengines support docs

https://www.pcengines.ch/apucool.htm

THE CASE IS REQUIRED FOR CPU COOLING

POWERING UP THIS BOARD WITHOUT THE CASE BOTTEM CAN DAMAGE YOUR CPU

the case is aluminum and available in 3 colors:

black https://www.pcengines.ch/case1d4blku.htm

red https://www.pcengines.ch/case1d4redu.htm

blue https://www.pcengines.ch/case1d4bluu.htm

Main PCB:

apu4b4_1.jpg

apu4b4_2.jpg

port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

How to connect to the Serial Port of this specific device:
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Serial connection parameters
for PC Engines APU4D4
EXAMPLE 115200, 8N1, 3.3V

port.jtag general information about the JTAG port, JTAG cable, etc.

How to connect to the JTAG Port of this specific device:
Insert photo of PCB with markings for JTAG port

None so far.

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRMWARE


COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG ONCE OPENWRT IS INSTALLED AND RUNNING


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