Compare Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM

Aruba Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 10 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 7.8, while Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Some of the implementations or features do work as advertised. Urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "The single pane of glass allows us to tighten security and more easily and quickly create VLANs to help protect data". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN and Huawei Wireless, whereas Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless and Ubiquiti WLAN. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM report.
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Pros
I like the way it groups and manages access points.It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is application monitoring.It helps the user to have a better vision of what is happening in their network.I have found the Access Point (AP) group profile feature extremely useful. It makes deployments look easy.It has helped in making deployments easier.It delivers constantly, there is no break in the internet using these devices. It also automatically gets connected when the internet comes back. Failure is very low.The performance and the application monitor. You can select the applications you want to use and block on your network

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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.The product is a stable solution.This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.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.The firewall integration is very important for the security of the connection.With Fortinet, there is a feature called Network-In-Control. It's the AP controller that decides what the clients are going to connect to... Even though your phone sees, let's say, two APs, since the wireless controller has visibility into and access across all the APs, it knows the best AP for the client to connect to. This way, the controller makes sure that none of the APs is over-crowded, and the spectrum is used properly.If you do have a FortiGate Firewall somewhere in the network, you can connect the wireless controller to that... You get 100 percent visibility from a single point... You can see everything that's connected to the FortiGate, whether it's a switch or a wireless AP or a wireless controller or any other Fortinet product.Having the single pane of glass, by using the Fortinet Security Fabric, allows us to tighten security, and more easily and quickly create additional VLANs to help protect data. Rules in the firewall mean we can protect data and systems so that, should anything go wrong, any security issue is held to an individual device.

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Cons
A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.For a more senior tool, a local application monitoring related to IoT vendors would be useful.They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems.They should simplify the configuration flow.Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.What I would like to have with these kinds of devices is the most enhanced security. For example, if I could apply security from wireless devices, that would be great. I would also like more enhanced reports on user adoption, who is getting what bandwidth.I would like to be able to customize Captive Portals.

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Documentation could be improved.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 pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned.The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.This solution should be easier to set up in a production environment.One of the main features that I see as lacking in any of the Fortinet products is the reporting. If you want to have proper, end-to-end reporting, you must purchase the FortiAnalyzer... If Fortinet could offer some better, built-in reporting, that would be a point of improvement.There is very little publicly available information about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture. Promotion of the overall technology is limited as well. Being more vocal about a product that has many advantages would go a long way to eliminating a lot of the confusion and negative perception about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture.Licensing is the only area that I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to cover all products for a company.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced.Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.

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Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts.For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.If a customer already is a FortiGate customer, the cost to go to the FortiAP is incredibly affordable, because you already have the controller.Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller.

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3rd
out of 25 in Wireless LAN
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53,741
Comparisons
45,622
Reviews
7
Average Words per Review
373
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5th
out of 25 in Wireless LAN
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7,801
Comparisons
6,108
Reviews
8
Average Words per Review
1,149
Avg. Rating
8.4
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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP WirelessFortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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Overview
Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.

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
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University33%
Comms Service Provider12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School12%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Software R&D Company22%
Manufacturing Company7%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise39%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise60%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
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