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Researched Cisco Wireless but chose Fortinet FortiWLM: Create guest networks without a VLAN, easy to use, and has a user-friendly GUI
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The feature that I have found most valuable is its durability because we can rely on this solution. It is also easy to configure. Lastly, if something happens, we get good support from Cisco.
I find this solution easy to configure and use.
The most valuable features of this solution are the Cisco CleanAir and Cisco RRM.
Our organization has improved using this product because it helps enhance user experience. We use video communication a lot, like Skype. We used to get a lot of interference before and had a lot of issues during wireless voice or video calls. We get greater speed and performance with wireless now. It is nearly the same as a wired network.
Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.
This increased mobility has helped our organization. We can talk to one another from different locations and stay in constant contact and with employees across the enterprise. Everyone has access to up-to-the-minute communications and all documents and applications on our network.
Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.
It helps with the visibility on our network.
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.
One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive.
There should be an option for a wireless bridge that can be used to join two access points.
I would like to see less dependency on other products such as ISE and Prime for certain implementations.
The product could be improved with interference reduction. Because wireless frequency interferes with microwave or Bluetooth technologies, this causes issues. A lot of users still use legacy wireless adapters and black box and they do not experience the speed that they could get using the latest technologies. The number of devices on the market makes wireless communications complex. If the problem of interference could be resolved it would further improve utility and ease of system design.
The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.
Improvements can be made to the telemetry. The licensing gets in the way here. It makes it impossible to record the different flows across the wireless network.
The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.
The configuration interface could be easier. They should make roaming easier and should fix it so that when you cross a building you can keep the signal.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA.
The cost model is expensive.
I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.
Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.
It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.
This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.
I feel the product's pricing is a good value.
The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output.
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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Also Known As
|Cisco WLAN Controller||FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN|
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