One of the big reasons for why faster-than-GbE networks have not gained traction in the consumer space is due to a lack of appropriate network switches. 10 GbE switches are generally aimed at businesses, and they are priced accordingly. Fortunately, the situation is beginning to change. Buffalo Japan has introduced its new six-port switch featuring two 10 GbE ports and four 2.5 GbE ports that is designed for home use.

Buffalo’s LXW-10G2/2G4 Giga Switch is aimed at homes with a high-speed optical Internet connectivity as well as multiple computers or NAS with 2.5 GbE or 10 GbE network adapters and/or Gigabit-class Wi-Fi. The switch can automatically prioritize 10 GbE connectivity and also supports loop detection to optimize a network’s configuration and performance. Besides the switch, Buffalo also offers its WXR-5950AX12 10G Wi-Fi router as well as LUA-U3-A2G 2.5 GbE USB adapter for PCs.

Buffalo’s LXW-10G2/2G4 switch will be available starting from mid-December exclusively in Japan, but nothing stops the company to start sales of the product elsewhere. The price of the switch will be approximately ¥34,000 including taxes ($312 with VAT, $283 w/o VAT), which is quite expensive even by Japanese standards. Though at least for the time being, it's a rather unique offering in the consumer switch space; similar switches with a mix of ports have generally combined 10 GbE with pure GbE, so the use of 2.5 GbE ports makes for an interesting development.

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Source: Buffalo Japan (via PC Watch, Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • James5mith - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    MicroTik has a 12 port 10Gbase-T switch for $500. 8 ports multi-GbE (1/2.5/5/10), 4 ports 10GbE (1/10).

    Better deal by far.
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  • fazalmajid - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    And Ubiquiti has the US-16-XG with 12 SFP+ ports and 4 10GBaseT copper ports for $500, with single pane of glass management through UniFi. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - link

    Not a grat equivelant. The buffalo is silent, that MicroTik has 4 loud little fans. Servethehome measures 41.7 DBa at idle. The MicroTik is onyl good if you need it in a server closet, or are willing to modify it to use soething like 120MM fans in a modded case. And its going for $600 right now, a far cry from the $330 the buffalo commands. Reply
  • mooninite - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    Netgear already sells an 8 x 1GB and 2 x 1/2.5/5/10GB switch for $200. This product is DOA at that price. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - link

    How is a netgeat loaded with old timey 1Gb ports an equivelant? If it had 8 2.5 Gb ports you'd have a point, but withonly 2 10Gb ports the netgear is fairly worthless un;less you have a single PC and single server/NAS to connect. And the netgear is now well known for its reliability.... Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    "The switch can automatically prioritize 10 GbE connectivity and also supports loop detection to optimize a network’s configuration and performance."

    This makes it sound like the switch can't service all ports at full bandwidth at the same time. Is that what they're saying here? That to get the full 10GbE speeds it has to throttle some of the 2.5GbE traffic?
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