Business-Class Gigabit Switches

Press Releases Oct 22, 2014

AUSTIN, TX  – October 22, 2014 – Buffalo Americas, a leading provider of external storage, network attached storage and networking solutions, today announced its first comprehensive portfolio of business-class multi-port gigabit switches.  The lineup consists of unmanaged switches and smart switches, some featuring Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), offering small and medium-sized businesses a range of cost-effective options to expand their networks at gigabit speeds. Each gigabit switch is housed in a heavy duty, commercial quality metal chassis for increased durability and is backed by a Buffalo Lifetime Warranty with qualifying product registration.  

"Today's small businesses require an easy and affordable way to extend their professional networks at gigabit speeds, and Buffalo set-out to extend its leadership by delivering industry-leading switches with a lifetime warranty for this market segment," said Brian Verenkoff, director of product management, Buffalo Americas, Inc. "Whether your office requires a simple plug and play unmanaged gigabit network switch or a highly configurable, feature rich smart switch with convenient Power-over-Ethernet, Buffalo has a solution."     

Designed for small organizations and growing networks, Buffalo's new portfolio of reliable, high-performance gigabit switch solutions includes:

Unmanaged Gigabit Switches (BS-GU Series)
Unmanaged Gigabit PoE Switches (BS-GUP Series)
Gigabit Smart Switches (BS-GS Series)
Gigabit PoE Smart Switches (BS-GSP Series)

Buffalo's new Multi-Port Gigabit Switches are built with maximum performance in mind, all while maintaining attractive price points and ease of installation. They feature plug and play installation, requiring no additional software or configuration. This allows users to simply plug into an auto-sensing gigabit port that automatically detects and configures the correct connection.

All of the switches (excluding the 8 port models) are rack-mountable and equipped with holes for wall-mounting or rubber feet for easy placement on a desktop for flexible integration into various office environments. With jumbo frame and full duplex operation support, this business-class wired network lineup offers higher switching capacity for maximum networking performance and speed. In addition, each PoE smart switch model sports enhanced 802.3at gigabit PoE Plus ports that can power high energy consuming network devices such as access points, IP surveillance cameras and Voice over IP and video phones.

The collection also meets energy efficiency credentials and includes Intelligent Port Control, an energy conservation feature that monitors the activity status of each port to reduce the total power consumed, and Green Ethernet 802.3az technology that enables significant power reduction when the ports are not transmitting data.

Unmanaged Switches

Buffalo's BS-GU and BS-GUP Series unmanaged switches provide networking connectivity between devices and other switches without configuration interface options for the most true plug-and-play experience, while providing complete network connectivity to all ports. This provides small businesses with the most cost-effective approach to extending their network with gigabit speeds.

Web Smart Switches

Buffalo's BS-GS and BS-GSP Series provide greater control of networking connectivity between devices and other switches with additional capabilities and options. Each Web Smart Switch includes popular HTTP/HTTPS web-based network management features including VLAN, SNMP, port trunking/link aggregation, DHCP snooping, STP support and 802.1p QoS.

Additional Web Smart Switch capabilities include:

  • LLDP
  • ACL (Map/IP)
  • Loop Prevention/MAC thrashing
  • Cable Diagnostics
  • VLAN L3 Routing
  • IGMP Querying
  • IPv6
  • DHCPv6
  • MSTP
  • Multicast

The BS-GS and BS-GSP Series (excluding the 8 port models) also feature available SFP (Small form-factor Pluggable) slots for fiber connectivity. Copper Ethernet is known to have a limitation of only being able to perform up to 100 meters. In cases where switches or devices need to run further than 100 meters, fiber cables are preferred. SFP slots allow the switches to run long-haul, back-haul, remote network configurations that are compatible with 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX transceivers.

Pricing and Availability

All of Buffalo's business-class multi-port gigabit switches contain a limited Lifetime Warranty including toll-free U.S.-based technical support available 24/7.

BS-GU Series of Multi-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Switches are available now at an MSRP of $119.99 for the 16 port (BS-GU2016) and $149.99 for the 24 port (BS-GU2024). Available in early 2015 will be the 5 port (BS-GU2005) and the 8 port (BS-GU2008).
BS-GUP Series of Multi-Port Unmanaged Gigabit PoE Switches are available now at an MSRP of $239.99 for the 16 port (BS-GU2016P). The 8 port (BS-GU2008P) will be available in early 2015.
BS-GS Series of Multi-Port Gigabit Smart Switches are available now at an MSRP of $89.99 for the 8 port (BS-GS2008), $179.99 for the 16 port (BS-GS2016), $239.99 for the 24 port (BS-GS2024) and $469.99 for the 48 port (BS-GS2048).
BS-GSP Series of Multi-Port Gigabit PoE Smart Switches are available now at an MSRP of $209.99 for the 8 port (BS-GS2008P), $389.99 for the 16 port (BS-GS2016P) and $469.99 for the 24 port (BS-GS2024P).

About Buffalo Americas, Inc.

Buffalo Americas, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Americas and its products, please visit

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