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"You can handle all of the access points at once virtually instead of manually handling each one. You're able to populate all of the information to all of the access points through the virtual controller as well. It transforms everything it a single access point, which simplifies things.""The quick setup and automatic code embedded in one access point is really useful.""In terms of stability, Aruba Instant is the best on the market.""The central management of multiple devices is the solution's most valuable aspect.""The access it grants to wifi is the solution's most valuable feature.""The integration with ClearPass is the most valuable feature.""The products offer a lot of flexibility. Almost everything can be configured. It works very well for providing remote services."

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"The product is a stable solution.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""The most valuable feature is the ability to connect and broadcast to different networks without using a VLAN or a layer two switch, which allows you to easily create guest networks.""I found that It's really good when comparing it to any other product or it is much better in terms of features that the customer requires.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"Doesn't support enough access points in one cluster.""There is a problem in the preferred portal access points when I'm using the portal.""The solution should be able to support more users on the access points.""There was only ever one case in which an access point failed, but it was reintegrated. The issue was more of a matter of oversight. One part of the network had covered ten access points.""The management component is difficult to understand and not very user-friendly which increases deployment time.""The meshing could use improvement but aside from that nothing else really needs improvement.""The reach of the solution could be improved. It could be a bit stronger."

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"Technical support is very poor. We are not satisfied with the technical support because there is not any direct person from Fortinet for any troubleshooting, which we expected.""The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.""The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""Documentation could be improved.""In the next release, they could improve by adding a controller-less server, or architecture that is provided in other solutions, such as Aruba. This would be a great benefit for customers."

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"The licensing cost is somewhere around $20,000."

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"Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts.""There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.""For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee."

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Top Answer: We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and outdoors. It provides an enterprise-level WIFI while remaining cost-effective… more »
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Top Answer: Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.
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Also Known As
FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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Aruba Instant delivers the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that is easy to set-up, and loaded with security and smarts needed to accelerate your business without breaking your budget.

Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.

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Sample Customers
Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday Parks
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company19%
Manufacturing Company4%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company19%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise36%
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise40%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Instant vs. Fortinet FortiWLM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Aruba Instant is ranked 6th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 10th in Wireless LAN with 6 reviews. Aruba Instant is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Offers a lot of flexibility, almost everything can be configured". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". Aruba Instant is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless and Cisco Wireless, whereas Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Mist Access Points. See our Aruba Instant vs. Fortinet FortiWLM report.

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