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Researched Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access but chose MikroTik Routers and Switches: Good load balancing and multi-routing with a good user interface
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"One of the most feature-packed switching solutions you can implement."
"The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information."
"The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network."
"What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate."
"The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity."
"Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console"
"The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management."
"It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great."
"The most valuable feature is that you can do anything on all platforms."
"The radius and wireless features are the most valuable aspects of the solution."
"The cost and versatility are the solution's most valuable features. You can do anything with them if you know how to. The solution has a whole portfolio of routing features available."
"The most valuable feature is controlling the bandwidth."
"We have found this solution is quite robust and there are a lot of features in a small device."
"The flexible IP firewall and IP network address translation make it very easy to give access to internal services."
"The best part about MikroTik Routers is the price."
"We're very happy with what we are getting out of the solution in general. The features are good. They're comparable to other brands such as Cisco and HP."
"Technical support needs to take a different approach and pricing should appear more competitive."
"The solution has SD-WAN but it doesn't have SDN. This should be added."
"I don't like the way it's managed."
"If you contact Fortinet, it's a bit difficult. Most of the time, they send you just links and documents to read for troubleshooting. When you contact support, you don't need documents. You want someone that can understand your problem, give a hand, and help you. I'm not impressed by the support really."
"The product could use more security related features."
"Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware."
"It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."
"It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service."
"Wireless throughput has not kept up with the competition."
"The queuing functionality needs improvement. The initial setup could be simplified."
"They could improve their product if they set, for instance, a controller for wireless LAN. That would allow them to really have something more than an access point."
"The user interface allows you to do a lot of things, but it is not user-friendly."
"In the Israeli market, we are in need of Hebrew support."
"I would like to see a cluster feature added, where multiple devices can be configured and managed as one. One is in a standby state while the other is active, and if one fails then the other takes over."
"The biggest thing that needs improvement is the support."
"The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost appears to be high in comparison to other competing products although with this product you are paying for what you get."
"It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees."
"It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches."
"You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
"This product is a one-time purchase."
"In our last project, we used two hundred units and the price was approximately 500 Shekels ($140 USD)."
"There is no licensing fee in addition to the hardware, but we do pay an annual fee for support."
"This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors."
"There are not any external or hidden costs."
"The price-performance is great."
"MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal."
"The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console
Top Answer: The licensing costs are on an annual basis and cover warranty and support. There are no additional costs.
Top Answer: There are currently issues with some of the switches, problems with the firmware. I think they need to check the firmware, especially, with the new FortiGate firmware integration and they need to… more »
Top Answer: We make use of a script that will automatically re-route traffic when connections are slow.
Top Answer: This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors.
Top Answer: The manageability of the web-based UI needs to be improved. I still prefer to use the Winbox application. It would be great if they included some next-generation features in the future.
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Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.
|The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.|
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 18 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 8.2, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and NETGEAR Switches, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch, Aruba Switches and Meraki MS Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.
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