WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi Overview

WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is the #10 ranked solution in our list of top Wireless LAN tools. It is most often compared to Ubiquiti WLAN: WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi vs Ubiquiti WLAN

What is WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi?

WatchGuard is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services for SMBs and Distributed Enterprises worldwide. Our mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

Buyer's Guide

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WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi Customers

Portsmouth Grammar School, HILOTEC

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi pricing:
  • "Your licensing and cost, as would be required for many other solutions, being considered for eighty to two hundred and eighty different physical locations, is just about the same amount per access point."
  • "The solution is priced high compared to competitors. However, for the features that are included in the solution, the price becomes more reasonable."

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RC
IT & Telecommunications at BAA
Real User
Top 5
Cloud analytics has simplified our operation; easily manageable for multiple locations

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution at an airport, where I work in IT and telecommunications as an end user.

Pros and Cons

  • "Cloud analytics that provide all its attributes."
  • "Inability to import a user with one click."

What other advice do I have?

I would say simply for most public facilities and schools there wouldn't be a budget for a Passpoint license. I would suggest taking a good look at WatchGuard, do a demo, check it out in your environment and I guarantee you'll want to keep it. With any wireless environment, you want to look at what's there already before you start applying APs. My system is set up to block a user. If they're using their own 4G or 5G, that's fine. But if you have a hotspot device and get on my WiFi with it instead of using your 4G and then you hook it up to your laptop on that same subnet, that's when my system…
RC
IT & Telecommunications at BAA
Real User
Top 5
High throughput, Easy to manage, and provides helpful cloud analytics

What is our primary use case?

The Airport Authority is responsible for providing free WiFi at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. There is no charge for the Free Public WiFi at the BHM airport. There are more than sixty APs and one hundred and twenty dual-band radios being used today, providing free WiFi to the traveling public. The WatchGuard Cloud WiFi system is easy to maintain and to make updates to the APs, with virtually no impact to the wireless users.

Pros and Cons

  • "It makes it easy to obtain all information about the client experience."
  • "If a client device had issues with authentication due to out of date browser or similar difficulties, it would be nice to have the ability to migrate the client onto the portal via one click."

What other advice do I have?

If I were tasked to set up new WiFi at a single site, or at multiple locations for hundreds of sites, I would make this solution my first choice. You could evaluate another platform against it but a feature-to-feature comparison, coupled with the ease of deployment, should place WatchGuard ahead. It scales easily and you won’t need a team of specialists to configure it. Your licensing and cost, as would be required for many other solutions, being considered for eighty to two hundred and eighty different physical locations, is just about the same amount per access point.
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MN
Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Responsive technical support, reliable, and easy installation

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can be scaled but it has limitations from my experience. The access points are rated for 500 people but I think the max is closer to 200.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Cisco Access Points and others solutions previously.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was not been difficult, it took approximately 10 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation by myself. …