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Rick Williams
Real User
Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees
Nov 15 2018

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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Panduka Samarasinghe Cissp
Real User
Security Pre-Sales Engineer - Southern Reigion at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 09 2018

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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Antonio Acevedo Boguer
Reseller
User
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a K-12 educational company or school with 10,001+ employees
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Real User
Sr. Director, IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* UTM (Unified Threat Management) * Centralized management * Cost * Ease of use Manageability is a key.

How has it helped my organization?

We're using SD-WAN at all of our locations now, which helps increase and aggregate and lower response time and improve application performance. Another thing we have seen… more»

What needs improvement?

The centralized management features could be improved. I think they're good, but I think they could be better.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product's pricing is a good value. Licensing is the only area where I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched primarily due to feature functionality and cost. It offered a lot more value.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, putting it in place was fairly straightforward. As with anything, I would plan it and test it before implementing. That's for any product, it's not specific to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated a lot of different solutions including Palo Alto, Cisco, SonicWall.

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What is Fortinet Wireless?

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 as
FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
Fortinet Wireless customers

Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data

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