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Pros
"This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""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 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.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The product is a stable solution."

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"A good management tool that can be managed through the cloud or firewall."

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Cons
"The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned.""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.""Documentation could be improved.""The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""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."

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"Integrating with the firewall and management console was a little complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.""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."

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Top Answer: All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
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.
Top Answer: A good management tool that can be managed through the cloud or firewall.
Top Answer: The licensing is on an annual basis and is on the pricey side.
Top Answer: Integrating with the firewall and management console was a little complex.
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Also Known As
FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
SonicWave 200 Series, SonicWave 200 Series Access Points, SonicWave 400 Series, SonicWave 400 Series Access Points
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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.

SonicWall SonicWave series wireless access points (APs) combine high-performance IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology with flexible deployment options. These APs can be managed via the cloud using SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager (WCM) or through SonicWall's industry-leading next-generation firewalls.

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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
St. Dominic's School for Girls
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company19%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company16%
Construction Company12%
Wholesaler/Distributor6%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise40%
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Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 10th in Wireless LAN with 6 reviews while SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is ranked 22nd in Wireless LAN with 1 review. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.0, while SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SonicWave Access Points writes "A great management option that offers good integration with many capabilities". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, whereas SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Wireless.

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