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Pros
"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.""The firewall integration is very important for the security of the connection.""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.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""The product is a stable solution.""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."

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"Ability to control the access points by groups.""If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution."

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Cons
"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.""This solution should be easier to set up in a production environment.""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.""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.""Documentation could be improved."

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"Configuration could be improved.""There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points.""The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.""Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Hi Imad, Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba? Thanks in advance
Top Answer: The product is a stable solution.
Top Answer: The licensing is all contained in the purchase and implementation. The customer will look at the licensing at purchase and make sure all is in order. All the subscriptions that are relevant for the… more »
Top Answer: The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.
Top Answer: Setup cost was quite expensive, it's a concern.
Top Answer: The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.
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Also Known As
FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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Overview

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.

Best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE performance
In addition to delivering the best Wi-Fi range and performance which is automatically optimized through reinforcement learning algorithms, Mist Access Points have a dynamic vBLE 16 element antenna array for the industry’s most accurate and scalable location services.

Data collection, analysis and enforcement
Mist Access Points are purpose-built to collect metadata for over 150 states that allows the cloud-based AI engine to perform analytics, machine learning, location service and event correlation. APs incorporate a 3rd radio for always-on security monitoring, troubleshooting and synthetic client tests.

Converged platform for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and IoT
Access Points feature integrated Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and an interface port to integrate and control analog/digital devices. This enables Mist to bridge the physical, location and connectivity realms, unlocking value from your network and eliminating the need for complex and costly overlay solutions.

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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension DataDartmouth, Hitachi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, NTT, Okta
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company18%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider51%
Computer Software Company13%
Retailer5%
K 12 Educational Company Or School4%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiWLM vs. Mist Access Points and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 6 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 14th in Wireless LAN with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 8.0, while Mist Access Points is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "AP controller decides where a client connects, making sure no AP is over-crowded and bandwidth is used properly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless and Huawei Wireless, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Huawei Wireless. See our Fortinet FortiWLM vs. Mist Access Points report.

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