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Nov 15 2018
The single pane of glass allows us to tighten security and more easily and quickly create VLANs to help protect data
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature for us is the way everything is accessible through FortiGate. Having that single pane of glass to see everything makes it really easy to use, to… more»
How has it helped my organization?One of the big reasons that we kept moving in the Fortinet direction, expanding the Fabric, is that we wanted to tighten security from within our network. The students… more»
What needs improvement?We're a reference customer for Fortinet, so I get a lot of calls, usually from other schools or colleges, that are looking at deploying the product. When talking to them… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Fortinet's pricing and licensing is very reasonable. There are a few things that are a little bit different. One of the reasons that we chose it is because we're a school… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Our previous wireless solution was Cisco. That was our first wireless solution. We used Cisco 3500s and 3700s. We needed to upgrade so we could handle more bandwidth… more»
What other advice do I have?Make sure that you take the time to do a really good evaluation of the product. Make sure that you're happy with all the aspects of how it's going to fit into your… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We looked at Aruba, we looked at Cisco Meraki, and we also looked at Aerohive. They were all good solutions, but the reason that we chose the FortiAP solution was because… more»
Dec 09 2018
AP controller decides where a client connects, making sure no AP is over-crowded and bandwidth is used properly
What is most valuable?One valuable feature that comes to mind is the Network-In-Control. Usually, when there's WiFi, it's the WiFi client - your phone - that decides which AP to stick to. Your phone will stick with the… more»
How has it helped my organization?Nowadays, the biggest problem in modern networks is that you have one vendor for wireless and you have another vendor for your SIEM, another vendor for firewall, and an entirely different vendor doing… more»
What needs improvement?There are three methods that Fortinet offers wirelessly. The first is industrial, where you have a wireless controller separately and you don't have a FortiGate in the equation. The second is what we… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?We're not cheap but we can give you better pricing than the competition if it comes to that. Licensing is pretty straightforward. We don't have any hidden licensing when you purchase an appliance. If… more»
What other advice do I have?Get a good wireless plan done, get a good survey done. Also, know what you really want. Every vendor comes with 100 different features but you may not end up using all those features yourself. I'm… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?In looking at Ruckus vs Fortinet Wireless and some other WiFi providers, the others are just doing the WiFi part. With Fortinet, the plus is that you also get a very secure network which is easily… more»
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Jan 29 2020
What is most valuable?The concept of V2R cell services [similar to wifi hotspot technology], is a concept where a controller monitors the access points in the installation. It is possible to reduce the transmission power… more»
What needs improvement?Something that can be improved by Fortinet is the organization-wide policy on service contracts. I find that it is a little bit stressful. They have a business model where whatever you buy, you must… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Before Fortinet Wireless, I was working with Aruba. Aruba was not bad and we did use it quite a bit before it was bought by HP. But it did not have the same capabilities as Fortinet. We also used ASUS… more»
What other advice do I have?My advice to people is that the V2R radio solution is very good and that they should give it a try. Get a few access points — the minimum is two — to experience the V2R access concept. When I was… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?There is currently no competition for the Fortinet product. My experience over time with providing wifi solutions was my evaluation period.
Nov 14 2018
What is most valuable?Security is the feature we like most from Fortinet. In general, their security architecture is really great, because it involves everything: firewalls, wireless LANs, the user. Everything is really secure. That's a great feature from… more»
How has it helped my organization?We show how we can bring many positive results to different businesses. We merge with the customers' bring-your-own-device solutions. It's easy to manage the WiFi, the customer does not need to buy more equipment, like tablets, for their… more»
What needs improvement?Sometimes we feel that we are buying the top-of-the-line technology and, six months or eight months later, we feel it is already obsolete. New smartphones bring new technology, new ways to connect. Sometimes we have this bad feeling that… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We used to have some HPE equipment. We switched from those old access points. We use Fortinet as a preferred vendor, but if a customer wants or needs to use equipment from other vendors, we sell equipment from other vendors.
What other advice do I have?It's definitely a great solution. Negotiate with the vendor to activate the licenses at the moment that they install and configure the equipment. If you initially have a big project with a lot of equipment, and you have a six-month plan… more»
Jan 24 2020
What is most valuable?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 a very… more»
What needs improvement?The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation. There is a facility for guest management through a portal, but it should be automatic. As it is now, the IT person has to edit… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We have deployed solutions from D-Link and NETGEAR for certain clients, although they have not needed to have the depth of features that are offered by Fortinet Wireless. These include both security… more»
What other advice do I have?I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?Compared to some of the wireless solutions by Cisco, Aruba, and HP, this product is a little bit costly. However, Fortinet has good security and other good features that the customers are interested… more»
Aug 16 2018
What is most valuable?The Fortinet product is intuitive, scalable, stable, and easy to manage. Seamless roaming by leveraging Virtual Cell is a major advantage which reduces roam times and issues related to roaming. Code… more»
How has it helped my organization?Being able to leverage Virtual Cell in our environment has been a major advantage. Creating small cells of APs using Single Channel Architecture has improved roaming of our more mobile clients and… more»
What needs 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… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Although I have worked with Fortinet (Meru) for several years, my current employer chose Meru prior to my employment.
What other advice do I have?This is a very viable solution for all verticals. Do not discount the technology based on what was said several years ago. Just like any other wireless solution out there, a wireless network can be… more»
Mar 08 2020
What is most valuable?All their features are common. Nothing more. All the features are controlled behind the Fortinet firewall. Is there any wireless controller to balance the load? Or what report do they give for the stated purpose? Basically, we need to put more focus on the reporting end for their sustainability.
What other advice do I have?On a scale from one to 10, where one is the worst and 10 is the best, I would rate Fortinet Wireless three out of 10. You may discuss this with any of the other clients who are using Fortinet. I think you will find out what kind of support Fortinet gives because there is no direct person involved from the Fortinet side to give client support. They depend on the mediator or integrators or suppliers. They help. They are trained but they are not from Fortinet. I would not go with Fortinet. You can think of it as a customer buying a Fortinet product from the company and the company has stopped… more»
Mar 10 2020
What is most valuable?We are similar to our customer implementation. We provide a switch, we have provided even the firewall, Apache, and SolarWinds solutions. So when we are talking about Apache, completely it is taken out first. Then monitoring or patching… more»
What needs improvement?Documentation could be improved.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?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 purchase and maintenance are involved. The… more»
What other advice do I have?Fortinet Wireless is a very good product, in terms of reliability and in terms of configuration also. I would rate Fortinet wireless at a nine out of ten.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We have a partnership with Sophos also. But with Sophos, we have a lot of customers, more than with Fortinet. When you compare the features and, reliability and performance, Fortinet is better.
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What is Fortinet FortiWLM?
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.
Also known asFortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
Fortinet FortiWLM customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data