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We performed a comparison between Cisco Wireless WAN and Fortinet FortiExtender based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Wireless WAN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Wireless WAN vs. Fortinet FortiExtender report (Updated: September 2022).
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"We don't see many troubleshooting issues. Normally, it's a user error when it comes to the JSS or the VPN. Once they log into the system or they get on the internet, then they log directly into the JSS, so they can do their work.""The network management is good. We use it to control access, channels, and phones and limit bandwidth.""The most valuable features are user and handling capacity, indoor and outdoor access points and antennas, and the inbuilt intrusion prevention system.""It's a small feature, but Cisco allows me to see access points with blinking lights. This shows me which access point is which.""Provides good visibility and insights into what is happening.""Cisco Wireless WAN's most valuable feature is it is robust.""The implementations are easy.""I also like that now you can add a cellular connection to the Cisco router. So, if your operator is down, you can now still have one connection in the office with the cellular module."

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"The most valuable feature will be that it works.""You don't need to have two different vendors to interoperate and get into comparability issues or inter-operability issues.""For me, the best feature of Fortinet FortiExtender is its integration with an external solution such as a 5G LTE broadband modem, wired modem, and cellular network. I also like that the product can be integrated into one device or a unified device, and that is one of its best features because it allows you to manage and centralize the control of every device.""Management can be carried out from a central point."

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"We did have issues with the product that made us concerned about the overall stability.""The interface is a little bit difficult to understand at times. It would be good if Cisco were to make it user friendly so that everyone can easily configure it without the need to do certifications and courses to learn how to use all of the devices.""The price of Cisco Wireless WAN could improve, it is expensive.""Improvements can be made in the wireless fabric.""There are some limitations with scaling the on-premises version - if you want to scale, you need to change the hardware and purchase a new wireless controller at an additional cost.""The pricing of the solution could always be better.""The price could be better.""We have had some problems connecting to the internet with Cisco Wireless WAN, but it is not the equipment or configuration. Additionally, the integration with access control security could improve."

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"There is a huge downside because we need to remove and insert the SIM to get it working.""I would like to see them make it smaller in the next release so that it has a smaller footprint for mobile clients.""What most of my clients are telling me is the price is a problem.""Though Fortinet FortiExtender has some security features, the product could still be improved by adding features similar to those in FortiGuard, such as antivirus, intrusion, prevention, and detection, as well as web filtering features. The product is also not as user-friendly, so that's another area for improvement. In the FortiGate UTM solution of Fortinet, there's software-defined or SD-WAN, and in the next release of Fortinet FortiExtender, I'd like to see SD-WAN embedded in the product. Most of the communication in Fortinet FortiExtender is related to WAN and Edge, so having an SD-WAN function in the product would be useful for integrating and controlling WAN communication."

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  • "There is a license that is needed for the use of this solution."
  • "The pricing is good."
  • "The pricing is based on how much is ordered from the vendor and what type of discount they receive."
  • "If you have a two-person team doing the physical access point installations, they should be able to set up 10 to 20 access points per day."
  • "The price of Cisco Wireless WAN could improve upon pricing, it is expensive. We purchased the hardware through a vendor that Cisco used and we received approximately 75 percent off."
  • "The cost of licensing should be improved."
  • "The cost of Cisco Wireless WAN is expensive. There is an annual subscription to use the solution."
  • "Cisco's pricing is quite costly and should be cheaper for both licensing and hardware."
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  • "I'm not sure what the cost is. However, I anticipate that the purchase price will range between $2,500 and $5,000."
  • "I've only used the open-source version of Fortinet FortiExtender, but I know that it has some features that require you to pay for a license."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution does come with a price tag. It's not the least expensive option on the market.
    Top Answer:The pricing of the solution could always be better. If they could work to make the costs more competitive, that would be ideal.
    Top Answer:For me, the best feature of Fortinet FortiExtender is its integration with an external solution such as a 5G LTE broadband modem, wired modem, and cellular network. I also like that the product can be… more »
    Top Answer:I've only used the open-source version of Fortinet FortiExtender, but I know that it has some features that require you to pay for a license.
    Top Answer:Though Fortinet FortiExtender has some security features, the product could still be improved by adding features similar to those in FortiGuard, such as antivirus, intrusion, prevention, and… more »
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    Cisco Wireless WAN can help your business expand rapidly while making critical applications and services available when and where needed. Your business can run applications such as interactive video and TelePresence on a primary 4G LTE WWAN link, which is 10 to 15 times faster and 5 times lower latency than 3G.

    Fortinet FortiExtender is a cost-effective hardware WAN device that is robust, easily scales, and delivers 5G, LTE, and Ethernet options. FortiExtender is designed using Fortinet’s trademark security-focused networking. The solution enables organizations to have enhanced secure network connectivity with cellular and wired broadband network options.

    FortiExtender can be used for secure point of sale (POS) systems to transport fleet communications. The device delivers dependable broadband access to the internet and increases the usefulness of the Fortinet Security Fabric integration to enhance seamless business processes that rely heavily on remote device connectivity to get the job done.

    FortiExtender delivers super-fast 5G and LTE wireless to connect and quickly scale any WAN edge. Users get 5G/LTE cellular, out-of-band management (OBM), high availability (HA), and dynamic risk security in one comprehensive, reliable solution.

    Fortinet FortiExtender Benefits

    • Failover protection: Users get secure network failover protection with dual SIM, dual modem, and out of band management (OBM) functionalities.

    • Cloud-based processes: Organizations with a global reach can easily manage processes in the cloud from anywhere. Users can use FortiGate, FortiManager, or FortiExtender Cloud Dashboard to view and easily manage security controls, network changes, and policy and protocol automation.

    • Integration: Seamlessly integrates with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for simplified deployment, security, and management.

    • Improves TCO: FortiExtender is a very cost-effective option when integrated with FortiGate Network Security Platform. FortiExtender implements processes that save money and improve connectivity, functionality, and profitability.

    Fortinet FortiExtender Features

    • Plug-and-play: Out of the box and ready to go, once FortiExtenders are connected to the FortiGate, they are available on the FortiOS management platform. Additionally, FortiOS provides complete visibility, monitoring data usage to ensure limits are not exceeded, resulting in significant cost savings.

    • Flexible connectivity options: 

      • LTE/5G : The FortiExtender devices provide dual SIM and dual modem options for four different ISPs. Dual SIM allows for active/passive cellular link for fast failover. Dual modem options provide two active/passive links for super-fast failover and disaster recovery. ISPs can be set for data usage limits and seamlessly switch to other ISPs to balance connectivity and reduce costs.

      • WAN connectivity: Using an Ethernet WAN port, users can connect cable, DSL, or another modem. Load balancing and failover options available.

      • Hybrid WAN-LAN connectivity: Four LAN ethernet ports enable users to have numerous connections to the LTE connection. Works well for high availability (HA) pairs of FortiGates to connect to FortiExtender. FortiGates then will run in failover or load balancing mode and receive WAN connectivity from the FortiExtender device.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “Fortinet FortiExtender helps facilitate Fortinet connectivity. When it comes to cell phone towers, you never know what you'll get with global configurations. We use this solution to mitigate switching cell phone towers. The scalability is limitless based on your cell and your internet or your cloud connectivity.  It's similar to any other VPN in terms of how simple it is to set up in a global or extended environment with a large number of clients.” - Clement J., Chief Executive Officer at Clemtech LLC

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    Sample Customers
    Aegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    Educational Organization10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Consumer Goods Company10%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization8%
    Construction Company8%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Educational Organization11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business86%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Wireless WAN vs. Fortinet FortiExtender
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Wireless WAN vs. Fortinet FortiExtender and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Wireless WAN is ranked 3rd in Wireless WAN with 24 reviews while Fortinet FortiExtender is ranked 7th in Wireless WAN with 4 reviews. Cisco Wireless WAN is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiExtender is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless WAN writes "A reliable solution which is easy to manage, deploy and configure ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiExtender writes "Seamless with excellent integration capabilities and flexibility". Cisco Wireless WAN is most compared with Cambium Networks Wireless WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiExtender is most compared with Cambium Networks Wireless WAN and Ruckus Wireless WAN. See our Cisco Wireless WAN vs. Fortinet FortiExtender report.

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