Fortinet FortiClient vs Hillstone E-Series comparison

You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Comparison Buyer's Guide
Executive Summary

We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiClient and Hillstone E-Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiClient vs. Hillstone E-Series Report (Updated: September 2023).
744,865 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Featured Review
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It's an ideal gateway solution for small and medium businesses, i.e., around 300 devices can be easily handled."

More Netgate TNSR Pros →

"The integration of VPN services with endpoint security is valuable.""The initial setup is easy.""It's very stable.""It is a stable solution.""It is a fantastic product. Its overall security is valuable. We are very impressed with the web filtering and the application firewall it provides.""FortiClient's most valuable features are that it's fast and safe.""It is very simple to use. I've used some of the others in the past, such as Cisco AnyConnect, which was a nightmare. I've used a couple of others, but FortiClient is very simple to use.""The EMS server gives us good control and central management."

More Fortinet FortiClient Pros →

"I am impressed with the application filtering feature.""Five out of five ROI.""This solution has two main features that we find very valuable; a threat-intelligence option, and a web/application filtering option. The technical support team are very good and very quick.""Very reliable solution with good scalability and straightforward implementation.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""The most valuable feature of the Hillstone E-Series is its user-friendliness.""The most valuable features of the Hillstone E-Series are its hardware capacity, innovation, and the throughput that the hardware can take."

More Hillstone E-Series Pros →

"There must be a more easy-to-use GUI."

More Netgate TNSR Cons →

"Working with Distribution sometimes comes at a cost due to a lack of knowledge of the current status of your licensing and products.""FortiClient's encryption key could be stronger so that it's not broken too easily.""The filtering process could be improved.""It would be interesting if the solution offered a way to try to investigate and create a use case to trace vectors.""While we like patch management, it would be nice if it could handle patch management for other solutions, like Microsoft.""There should be more frequent releases or updates.""With Fortinet, some clients have to wait two to four days for a response. That is the biggest complaint from end customer about Fortinet's technical support.""We've got one client where it was blocking the smartphones, and there's a way to set it up on Fortigate that's supposed to do that. However, it didn't work with them since they had a 2FA multi-factor."

More Fortinet FortiClient Cons →

"The tool provides just a general report. It does not provide a granular report. Hence, the tool should work on its reporting feature.""SSL VPN license cost is not cheap.""The tool needs to improve its price.""Support from Hillstone E-Series has a shortcoming that needs improvement.""Having frequent live webinars on a monthly basis would really help.""The current usage reporting is very basic."

More Hillstone E-Series Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
Information Not Available
  • "The solution is more cost efficient than Cisco, as FortiGate tends not to charge for the client license, which allows one to make free use of whatever is supported on the device."
  • "It is not that expensive. It was within the range. A dollar per user per month is nothing."
  • "I don't know it by heart, but it is comparable to other solutions. It is based on the number of clients. It is probably 50 Euros per year per client. It greatly depends on the number of clients you're handling because the more clients you are ordering it for, the cheaper it will be."
  • "The fee includes access to all of the features."
  • "The solution is not expensive. We need more discounted rates in Pakistan. The price of the solution could be reduced to be more affordable for the solution."
  • "As a technical team member, I am not responsible to look into the pricing matters. These aspects are typically handled by the management team, who have the authority to obtain the necessary licenses based on certain established principles."
  • "The product's licensing is yearly and expensive."
  • More Fortinet FortiClient Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "The cost per year for licensing, and hardware, is approximately $850 for the basic plan."
  • "The tool's pricing is reasonable. It depends on the model. The product's pricing is around 600 USD. You need to buy a software license to activate the features. You need to pay around 150 USD for that."
  • "Hillstone's pricing is economical and neither very high nor very low."
  • More Hillstone E-Series Pricing and Cost Advice →

    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions are best for your needs.
    744,865 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It's an ideal gateway solution for small and medium businesses, i.e., around 300 devices can be easily handled.
    Top Answer:The product is very cost-effective and has no requirement for additional licenses. The setup is not easy. Users need… more »
    Top Answer:THe solution is used as a primary gateway with two lease lines of 450 Mbps total. Around 200 users are under it. There… more »
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security… more »
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection… more »
    Top Answer:From my perspective as an end user, it's consistently stable, and I would rate the stability as a nine out of ten.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of the Hillstone E-Series is its user-friendliness.
    Top Answer:Hillstone's pricing is economical and neither very high nor very low.
    Also Known As
    Learn More

    TNSR is an advanced open source-based secure networking software platform with highly-scalable packet processing, manageability, and service expansion capabilities. This video provides a high-level introduction. that address a number of commonly asked new product questions - in just a couple of minutes.

    FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

    The FortiClient fabric agent can:

    • Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
    • Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
    • Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
    • Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
    • Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

    You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

    Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
    Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
    Cloud-based endpoint security

    Benefits and Features

    • Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
    • SAAS control and web/content filtering
    • Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
    • Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
    • Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
    • ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
    • Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    PeerSpot users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

    Hillstone E-Series is a comprehensive network security solution designed to protect organizations from advanced threats. It offers a range of features including a firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), virtual private network (VPN), and application control. 

    With its advanced threat intelligence capabilities, E-Series can detect and prevent sophisticated attacks, ensuring the security of critical data and systems. It also provides granular control over applications, allowing organizations to enforce policies and optimize network performance. 

    E-Series is easy to deploy and manage, with a user-friendly interface and centralized management console. It offers high-performance throughput and scalability, making it suitable for small businesses to large enterprises. With its robust security features and ease of use, Hillstone E-Series is an ideal choice for organizations looking to enhance their network security posture.

    Learn more about Netgate TNSR
    Learn more about Fortinet FortiClient
    Learn more about Hillstone E-Series
    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Bank of China Macao, Instituto Tecnológico Bolivariano, Ministry of Labor in San Salvador, FEDCO
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
    Educational Organization34%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
    Company Size
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise44%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business89%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiClient vs. Hillstone E-Series
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiClient vs. Hillstone E-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
    744,865 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 40 reviews while Hillstone E-Series is ranked 13th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 6 reviews. Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.0, while Hillstone E-Series is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Gives us more visibility over our network to see which users are connected to the firewalls and what they're accessing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Hillstone E-Series writes "Efficient call processor and overall amazing ROI". Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, whereas Hillstone E-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, OpenVPN Access Server, Netgate pfSense and Meraki MX. See our Fortinet FortiClient vs. Hillstone E-Series report.

    See our list of best Enterprise Infrastructure VPN vendors.

    We monitor all Enterprise Infrastructure VPN reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.