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    [ minimal server with powerful config and installer ]

    [ Configuration ]


    – wireless network connect,
    – AP (hotspot) in bridged or NAT mode,
    – freeze and unfreeze kernel and BSP upgrades,
    – edit boot environment, network, FEX, welcome screen items,
    – switching between available kernels and nightly builds,
    – enabling read only root filesystem (Ubuntu only),
    – set display resolution (H3 boards with legacy kernel),

    [ Installation ]

    TV headend (IPTV server)
    Syncthing (personal cloud)
    SoftEther VPN server (VPN server)
    Transmission (torrent server)
    ISPConfig (WEB & MAIL server)
    Openmediavault NAS (NAS server)
    PI hole (ad blocker)
    MiniDLNA (media sharing)

    [ Built with ]

    https://github.com/armbian/build (Espressobin – currently under WIP, EXPERT_MODE=”on”)

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    So wifi works without problem as well? Or are there any issues with HW or SW?
    Because, I’m now on Ubuntu, and WIFI seems that doesn’t work properly, LAN connection has some small issue after boot, but I would like to use Armbian, but I don’t know, if all is working or not.


    Armbian for this board is also still under development, since kernel is not matured yet. This is second build and I could not get any of my ath9 / ath10 mPCI wireless cards to work. USB ones should work … Hard to say if it’s any better than stock images. Probably it is, since it’s more recent build and configuration is expanded more, but don’t expect much if any difference at this stage. You are welcome to try out and report your findings. This way things got fixed sooner.


    It’s strange, but I can’t write Armbian IMG file to my SD card. Etcher doesn’t work for my distro(VoidLinux) – some weird message appears, so I’ve tried Etcher CLI, but it writes 1,5GB image in few seconds.

    sudo ./etcher index.js -d /dev/sdg -y Armbian_5.32.170626_Espressobin_Ubuntu_xenial_default_4.4.73/Armbian_5.32.170626_Espressobin_Ubuntu_xenial_default_4.4.73.img                                                                                                                    
    Flashing [========================] 100% eta 0s                                      
    Validating [========================] 100% eta 0s                                    
    Your flash is complete!                   
    Checksum: 61a8e836

    Of course, that it didn’t boot.
    So I’ve tried to make 2 partitions. 100MB vfat and 2nd rest with ext4. To the 1st one I’ve put there basic booting files from EspressoBin (Image, armada-3720-community.dtb) and then use “dd” to copy IMG file to 2nd partition.
    No luck, same problem no boot at all.
    Am I doing this wrongly?


    Image is tested and it boots – the only problem is that you need to alter SPI bootscript – use those commands to boot: https://github.com/armbian/build/blob/master/config/bootscripts/boot-espressobin.cmd

    … but you have to get there first.

    Alternatively you can use DD to write image, but it does not check writings. SD card failing rate is higher than you can imagine. If you want to save yourself a lot of time: https://docs.armbian.com/User-Guide_Getting-Started/#how-to-prepare-a-sd-card

    Armbian image has one single ext4 partition.


    @armbian – I like it, it works perfectly 😛
    WIFI, LAN, CPU scaling – these I’ve tried yesterday
    Is there any solution how to check sensors? Or have I to install lm-sensors package from repo? Because after start, there are some information from login script, that it shows temps of HDD and so on, so if there is existing program you Armbian guys using there can you tell me the name of it?
    I’ve tried to check WIKI, but there are just some information.

    And again, thx a lot @armbian for your help 😉


    Thank you for trying out!

    The core, kernel, is still considered as development and problems might / will show up. I didn’t catch many of them, but I read people had some unexplained issues with it.

    We just started to deal with this board so I am not yet much familiar, but I think temperature sensors are not properly implemented or not implemented at all. Installing some application won’t help, since most likely the data is not in the standard place or not present at all … need to be investigated. Our script check standard locations, like those apps.

    I didn’t have luck with my WiFi and this week I’ll proceed also with new kernel (4.12.x) to see how it works …


    Cant wait for this because I’m having no luck getting docker working on the ubuntu 16 build.


    Kernels/images were updated to 4.14.14 and 4.4.112

    Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Xenial based

    Espressobin / Ultra


    DVFS driver and few minor fixes:



    New updated bootloader flash-images are available for 1g, 2g, and 512m EspressoBins through the Armbian download page (here and here).

    Stability issues are solved with these updated versions by a refined DDR training algorithm (provided by Marvell).

    All available CPU_DDR frequency combinations are there for all boards.

    The updated flash images were rebuilt with the following refreshed parts:
    A3700-utils-marvell Armada-17.10.3
    atfv1.3 armada-17.10.7
    uboot armada-17.10.2

    Please support Armbian.

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