Buffalo BS-MP2008 8-Port Multi-GbE Switch Review



/ 8 months ago

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A Closer Look and Specifications


It is time to take a closer look at the switch, inside and out. Let us find out what it’s made of. Considering that this is a switch, it won’t take long.

Front View

Let us start with the front. On the left side are the various LEDs for power, connection, and connection speed.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo details front 2

The LEDs are bright enough to be easily visible, thereby allowing quick diagnostics at a glance.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo setup leds diagnose

On the right side, we see the 8 RJ45 10Gbps capable ports. Next to them is the reset-pinhole for easy access. Having it on the front is great when the unit is rack mounted as it will be a lot easier to access.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo details front 1

Rear View

The rear side only has two features, the first being the fans. There are two small fans in the middle of the unit which will speed up as needed. These kind of fans aren’t silent, but they aren’t as loud as other’s I’ve heard. Still, it might be worth upgrading them with something like Noctua’s NF-A4x20.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo details rear

To the right side of the fans is the power connector and hole for the cable-routing helper.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo details rear 2

Side View

The sides don’t have any distinct features as such. There are a few air intake holes near the front and holes for the 19″ mounting shins.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo view side

Bottom Side of Things

The bottom doesn’t have a lot more than the sides. There are markers where to place the rubber feet for desktop usage in each corner. In the middle, we see a sticker with all the legal and important details of the unit.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo view bottom

Next to the sticker, on each side, are the two three-pronged wall-mount cutouts. With them, you can mount the switch in almost any direction, directly on any surface.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo details sticker

Insides Out

When opening the switch up, we see that it’s all quite simple.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo insides open up

The fans could easily be replaced with after-market fans, if you chose to do so. Keep in mind, depending on which fans you get, you might need to change the pin-layout of them.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo insides fans

And this is the power supply.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 Photo insides psu

Specifications

The specifications are valid at the time of the review. There’s always the possibility that these will be changed in future revisions of the product, if made.

Buffalo BS-MP2008 SS specs

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2 Responses to “Buffalo BS-MP2008 8-Port Multi-GbE Switch Review”
  1. Robert says:

    “These kind of fans aren’t silent, but they aren’t as loud as other’s I’ve heard. Still, it might be worth upgrading them with something like Noctua’s NF-A4x20.”

    I can tell you for a FACT that the Noctuas do NOT work in this switch, so don’t waste $30 on a pair of them. After the switch is up and running, it drops the fan header voltage back to only 7v (down from 12v during start-up), and the Noctuas won’t even try to spin at that voltage. Just for fun, I tried out some 80mm fans after modifying the 3 pin header to work in the BS-MP2008. Turns out that if the fan isn’t spinning fast enough, the DIAG light on the front of the switch flashes all the time. So picking an aftermarket replacement isn’t as easy as the author of this article makes it out to be.

    Regarding the original fans, the BS-MP2008 uses a pair of Deltas that are horribly out of balance, which gives them a weird sound when running, even at the lower speed caused by running them at 7v. If you fire one up loose in your hand, it literally bounces around, that’s how bad they are. I’m sure there is a quiet, smooth running Sunon MagLev fan out there that will work in this unit, but it’s proving elusive to find.

  2. Tudor says:

    Nice article. It would be nice to know what “silent” fans do work well.

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