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"The most valuable feature is the ability to provide very granular classes of service. That's important because it allows us to prioritize certain traffic types over others, to a very granular level.""Exinda can show you which product uses how much throughput and can help you manage it.""It has the ability to prioritize, providing an automatic optimization. I can put it in a hierarchy and know that certain devices will be prioritized over others. It is able to identify the traffic. It can pick out whether if its a Zoom meeting (or something like that), then it's able to put that somewhere in the hierarchy based on the traffic type.""The most valuable features are the shaper, accelerator, and the reporting... it will shape the traffic better than, for example, a Cisco, because it's more gentle on the shaping side of things. Suppose you were selling a 20-meg link. Because you can shape to the nth degree of traffic, the 20-meg link feels like about a 30 to 40-meg link.""The most valuable feature is the ability to manage the traffic at the application layer. It makes things a lot easier. We're not digging for port numbers and IP addresses and different services... It makes us far more responsive in our ability to do things and speed up the process. We're a very small shop, so having something that's straightforward and easy to use is a big help.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create policies where we can tailor them to the customer. It enables us to prioritize apps and users for bandwidth."

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"It's easy to set everything up during implementation.""The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiWLC is the overall high quality."

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"A lot of working with this solution is really intuitive. I have picked it up mostly on my own. I'm sure that there are some things that maybe I hadn't thought of or really hadn't considered, and I think it would be good just to promote some day courses. I don't really see a whole lot that comes out for Exinda as far as training or informational sessions through our normal resellers. It would be cool to know more about the solution by utilizing educational resources or even have Exinda promoted a bit better.""The updating of applications that the system knows about could be a little quicker. For example, Zoom had been out for a while, but it took a while for it to show up as an application that Exinda could natively handle. We had to write some things in order to handle Zoom, initially.""There might be room for improvement in the speed and throughput of some of their devices. They're getting a bit slow on some of the bigger devices. It would be helpful if there were some sort of an ISP model.""What I don't like is the fact that I haven't purchased the overall management interface. That is the interface that allows you to manage multiple Exindas. Personally, I think Exinda should provide that for free. I think that if you buy more and more Exinda boxes, you shouldn't then have to incur a charge for the overall management software. While I can manage each Exinda separately, if they provided me with the overall management platform for free that would probably encourage me to buy more appliances.""In terms of improvement, one thing that has always frustrated me about it is that when you look at real-time monitoring, you can only filter it by IP address. You can't filter it by anything else. It would be good if we could filter by VLAN.""It should improve the quality of service. It can improve their connection to the internet and your IP."

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"One thing that is lacking is, compared with some other brands, the signal is a bit weaker. Ruckus has much wider signal coverage.""Fortinet FortiWLC is not simple to configure when compared to other solutions. The design could be better."

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  • "It is priced well for the market, for what it needs to do."
  • "The pricing and licensing are pretty fair and really competitive. There are other SD-WAN solutions that are pretty costly because they build in a service where they'll manage it for you, which is really great. I don't know if Exinda has that option as well. However, we are a small shop and cost-conscious. For things like this, we are accustomed to self-managing and this solution suits us just fine. For a tool that gives you, like the graphs and reporting, it has a fair price point."
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  • "The price of Fortinet FortiWLC is high. The solution will be out of the market for us because the price is too high for the features it provides."
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    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiWLC is not simple to configure when compared to other solutions. The design could be better.
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    Overview
    Exinda is designed to help Network Managers solve pressing IT problems in today's complex network. Our award winning technology combines interactive analytics, an intelligent recommendation engine and powerful actions like shaping and optimization, all in one solution.

    Fortinet controllers for infrastructure Wi-Fi manage authentication and encryption of our enterprise-class infrastructure access points. These controllers are powered by Fortinet’s System Director operating system for seamless mobility and high-density environments.

    Sample Customers
    UMass Dartmouth, MLB Network, R&R Ice Cream, Savills, Manhattan School of Music, Blum Shapiro, Cincinnati Public Schools, City of Richmond, Genting Casinos, The Salvation Army, VoIP Unlimited, Frontier Silicon, Lakeshore Toltest, CTI Foods
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    University29%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Educational Organization12%
    Real Estate/Law Firm11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Government9%
    Construction Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise44%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    February 2024
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    Exinda is ranked 7th in WAN Optimization while Fortinet FortiWLC is ranked 25th in Wireless LAN with 1 review. Exinda is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiWLC is rated 9.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLC writes "Quick support, overall high quality, and reliable". Exinda is most compared with Symantec Proxy and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiWLC is most compared with Fortinet FortiWLM, Juniper Mist Wireless Access Points and Cisco Wireless.

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