NanoPi NEO Plus2

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    The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has an Allwinner H5, Quad Core Cortex™-A53 (ARMv8 64-bit) processor with Triple Core Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 1GB DDR3 RAM. The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has an 8GB eMMC, which is too small for a default Kali installation, so we run from an external microSD card.

    By default, the Kali Linux NanoPi NEO Plus2 image contains the kali-linux-default metapackage similar to most other platforms. If you wish to install extra tools please refer to our metapackages page.

    Kali on NanoPi NEO Plus2 - Build-Script Instructions

    Kali does not provide pre-built images for download, but you can still generate one by cloning the Kali-ARM Build-Scripts repository on GitLab, and follow the file’s instructions. The script to use is

    Once the build script finishes running, you will have an “img.xz” file in the images directory where you ran the script from. At that point, the instructions are the same as if you had downloaded a pre-built image.

    The easiest way to generate these images is from within a pre-existing Kali Linux environment.

    Kali on NanoPi NEO Plus2 - User Instructions

    To install Kali on your NanoPi NEO Plus2, follow these instructions:

    1. Get a fast microSD card with at least 16GB capacity. Class 10 cards are highly recommended.
    2. Use the dd utility to image this file to your microSD card (same process as making a Kali USB.

    In our example, we assume the storage device is located at /dev/sdX. Do not simply copy these value, change this to the correct drive path.

    This process will wipe out your microSD card. If you choose the wrong storage device, you may wipe out your computers hard disk.

    $ xzcat images/kali-linux-2024.2-nanopi-neo-plus2-arm64.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M status=progres

    This process can take a while, depending on your PC, your microSD card speed, and the size of the Kali Linux image.

    Once the dd operation is complete, boot up the NanoPi NEO Plus2 with the microSD card plugged in.

    You should be able to log in to Kali.

    Kali on the NanoPi NEO Plus2 - Tips

    The NanoPi NEO Plus2 will attempt to boot from the microSD card first if one is plugged in.

    The wireless chipset is an Ampak AP6210, which is a rebranded Cypress (formerly Broadcom) Wireless card, so enterprising users may be able to get nexmon working, if the work was put in.

    If you want to change boot arguments/the kernel command line, you will need to edit the /boot/boot.cmd file, and then run mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d /boot/boot.cmd /boot/boot.scr.

    Updated on: 2024-Jun-05
    Author: steev