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D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution has a high level of network functionality.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""The security is good.""The solution is stable and scalable.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""It's easy to use."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""I can't find anything wrong with our D-Link Ethernet Switches.""The solution is easy to use.""The product is simple to manage.""The solution is scalable.""These switches are simple and easy to configure.""Its integration is the most valuable."

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"Stability and scalability for this product are very good. Setup is easy and deployment can be completed within minutes. The technical support for Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is good.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.""It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""The most valuable feature is the breakability after integration with the FortiGate firewall.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The technical support has been very good."

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Cons
"Some areas of technical support could be better.""The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""We are not very pleased with their performance.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""Has a steep learning curve.""The updates are constantly breaking.""The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.""The interface could be better. It needs improvement."

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"The solution needs better local support.""In a future release, the solution could improve by being more secure and allowing the configuration of each port.""They could be more stable. They were not as resistant as Cisco. After some time, some of them failed. This could be because we import quite a lot of products from different horizons, so there is no guarantee of quality. In Africa, these products don't always directly come from the manufacturer. We get these products from the Middle East or Asia. Therefore, you cannot be sure that the quality is exactly similar to what you have in Europe or America.""They need to have some more high-end switches.""It should be more stable, and it should have good integration with the cloud. It should support configuration, supervision, and control through the cloud.""We have issues with the stability."

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"In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""The security of the solution could be a bit better.""The reporting capabilities should be included.""The range of products could improve from Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access.""The central management needs improvement. The initial setup could be easier.""When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Juniper costs less than the competition. As a comparison, Cisco is 33% more."
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
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  • "These units vary in price from $200 to one thousand dollars. They're available for a one-time purchase."
  • "They were cheap. We were not paying for any license."
  • "The solution is budget-friendly"
  • "There is not a license required for this solution and it is priced well."
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  • "You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
  • "The price is good."
  • "The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."
  • "Licensing is billed annually and contracts are either one or three years in length."
  • "We have an annual licensing cost. There are no additional costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:It's pretty good as compared to other vendors.
    Top Answer:I can't speak to the exact pricing. It's based on the dollar and prices are fluctuating all of the time. My… more »
    Top Answer:Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing… more »
    Top Answer:The price of the product is quite reasonable. Most of the solutions we have do not have any licensing requirements. You… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the breakability after integration with the FortiGate firewall.
    Top Answer:We have an annual licensing cost. There are no additional costs.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
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    Overview

    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    Typically managed using a browser-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), D-Link Ethernet Switches are attractively priced and support an essential set of Layer 2/2+ switching functions including VLAN, Link Aggregation, QoS, Bandwidth Limiting, Access Control Lists, and more.

    Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access is a secure, high-performance, and easy-to-manage switch. Fortinet FortiSwitch is the best solution for threat-conscious enterprises of all sizes because it is secure, simple, and scalable. Secure Access, which is tightly integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric via FortiLink, may be handled directly from the FortiGate interface.

    Regardless of how people and devices connect to the network, this single-pane-of-glass administration provides total visibility and control. This makes the Fortinet FortiSwitch perfect for SD-Branch and campus deployments, allowing enterprises to combine their security and network access with applications ranging from desktop to data center aggregation. Fortinet FortiSwitch's Secure Access is the most adaptable security platform with end-to-end protection in the industry.

    Switches for Secure Access: Small to medium-sized businesses, scattered organizations, branch offices, and industrial control systems can all benefit.

    Switches for Data Centers: Ideal for users requiring high-performance 10 GE or 40 GE.

    Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access Features

    Fortinet FortiSwitch has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access is designed for various installations, including desktops and wiring closets.
    • Deploy and manage switches using the FortiGate interface, with FortiGate Cloud as a cloud administration option, or manage as a standalone switch using CLI, API, GUI, or the cloud with FortiSwitch Cloud.
    • Switch configuration, management, and troubleshooting are all simplified with a single-pane-of-glass dashboard.
    • Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access is ideal for SD-Branch deployments.
    • Secure Access uses FortiGate interfaces to connect with FortiLink. This provides centralized security and access control.
    • Integration of the Security Fabric: Fortinet FortiSwitch's FortiGate management brings Security Fabric features to the Ethernet access layer.
    • Voice, data, and wireless traffic can all be carried over a single network, making it ideal for converged network environments.
    • Non-FortiLink deployments can be supported via the onboard GUI, API, or command line settings.
    • Up to 48 ports in a compact and 1 RU form factor.
    • Depending on the model, up to 300 switches can be stacked per FortiGate.
    • Supports wire-speed switching, as well as store and forward mode.

    Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Fortinet FortiSwitch. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • You can easily manage all deployments in one interface if your company scales and opens a new office or location.
    • You can ensure that users are authenticated before giving network access.
    • Power over Ethernet makes it simple to set up wireless access points and IP phones.
    • With network segmentation, you can help satisfy data separation compliance.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Fortinet FortiSwitch stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its stability and its VLAN setup. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Rutul S., CXO at Aariha Enterprise Private Limited, writes of the product, “The most valuable feature is the SD-WAN support. This device is easy to use.” He adds, “Stability-wise, this product is better than others that are on the market.”

    Emil V., System Consultant at I team, notes, “I like the VLAN setup of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access has very good scalability.” He adds, “Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is easy to set up. It only takes minutes to deploy this product, because it is mostly boxes.”

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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    George Mason University, Somerville House, Hiperwall, New Brunswick School District 16, The Fulcrum Group, Bremond Independent School District, University of Texas Health Science Center, Grand Canyon Skywalk, SUN Area Career & Technology Center, Abington Senior High School
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government11%
    University7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government6%
    Energy/Utilities Company4%
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    Computer Software Company38%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Government13%
    Marketing Services Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise45%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    D-Link Ethernet Switches is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 8th in Ethernet Switches with 11 reviews. D-Link Ethernet Switches is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of D-Link Ethernet Switches writes "Easy to set up, stable, and offers reasonable pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". D-Link Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Aruba Switches and Dell PowerSwitch Campus and Branch Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Meraki MS Switches and Dell PowerSwitch Campus and Branch Switches. See our D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.

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