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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiClient and SonicWall Netextender 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. SonicWall Netextender report (Updated: August 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable features are malware detection, integrates well with other solutions, and ease of use for all users.""EMS central reporting with fabric connectivity to FortiGate and FortiAnalyser is great and has seamless integration which makes managing 3000 devices a breeze.""What I like most about FortiClient is that it's easy to use. The way it displays information is very straightforward.""We find the VPN features valuable.""The Fortinet FortiClient is simple to use.""We like its centralized administration, integration with Active Directory, deployment, and stability of the connection.""This solution makes it easier to work from home.""You can scale the product."

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"It allows us to work remotely.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""NetExtender works very well. I never had an issue with it, and it has been working well for me. In terms of management, you have good control over the destination. You can use NetExtender to set the policy and the static route for a client. You can modify it based on what your client needs or can access. You have good control over routing.""Employees can have access to the network from home.""I found nothing of value in this solution.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""The most valuable feature for the Netextender is the ease with which we can integrate it with SAML."

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Cons
"With the lower-end licenses, it tends to kick you out after eight hours. There is a function where it automatically kicks you out after eight hours. They could improve that and not kick you out after eight hours. Other than that, it is already pretty good.""One area that could be improved is cost, but you've got to pay for what you get.""The software inventory part is not yet up-to-date. It doesn't have a great interface, which is a disadvantage. I wish we could leverage it, but we don't use it at all because it's not that reliable.""They have an EDR feature for end protection detection and response, and this is actually with an add-on subscription, which is charged separately. What I would like to see is this included with the base cost.""The user interface on the central server could be improved.""There is lagging in some of the authentication tools to support the newer versions, this is happening because they are not supported.""As far as I can tell, the solution only has one single function, so they could expand its functionality.""The reports could be easier to set up."

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"SonicWall can be difficult for some people, but I don't find it difficult. Some companies provide a VPN client for free, but you have to pay for NetExtender.""Right now, you have to load each license on to an appliance. You can't pool across multiple appliances. So, you end up having to do a lot of administrative work to recover if an internet provider goes down, and you cannot leverage it as easily into a DR solution.""The solution takes up a lot of bandwidth.""The Netextender application itself doesn't really look pretty, however, we can still use it. We don't care what it looks like. That said, if they did a cosmetic update, that would be fine.""There must be a multi-factor authentication enabled or integrated by default with it in order to be integrated with NetExtender.""They need to rewrite the software to make it a usable product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature."
  • "Pricing is an area that I would like to see improved, as it could be lower."
  • "The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."
  • "Its pricing is good. One thing that has always attracted us to the Fortinet range of products is that their pricing is very competitive. Our particular licensing is on a yearly basis. However, as part of this project, we did pre-purchase three years of maintenance and support at a fairly significant discount."
  • "It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine."
  • "I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway."
  • "If we pay for the yearly package that includes the FortiGate firewall, then the FortiClient VPN license is included with it."
  • "The price of the solution depends on the type of firewall you have from FortiGate. I am satisfied with the price of the solution."
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  • "After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing."
  • "You have to pay for its license. There are some other companies that provide a VPN client for free. When you buy NetExtender, its license is available for one, three, or five years."
  • "Cost wise, it would be a few hundred dollars for the base appliance with the first five clients. Then from there, your cost per seat depends on how many you're getting. It's a one-time cost, and then you have a few hundred dollars a year for the maintenance contract once you get the one-time seat costs out of the way."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
    Top Answer:The setup for FortiClient is really straightforward.
    Top Answer:It allows us to work remotely.
    Top Answer:After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing. I don't remember how much it costs, but I remember it wasn't expensive.
    Top Answer:I am rolling out the new Netextender because I am having some issues with the older version. If I update the client with the newer version, the issues will go away.
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    Also Known As
    FortiClient
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    Overview

    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:

    IT Central Station 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.

    -Enforce granular access policies and extend network access through native clients
    -Enhance firewall encryption and security by redirecting all client traffic through VPN
    -Reduce administrative overhead by simplifying remote access management

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Consumer Goods Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Construction Company7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise24%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiClient vs. SonicWall Netextender
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiClient vs. SonicWall Netextender and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 48 reviews while SonicWall Netextender is ranked 11th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 7 reviews. Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.2, while SonicWall Netextender is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Can be used to deploy security to endpoints and also control the endpoints". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall Netextender writes "Hard to set up with lag issues and unhelpful technical support". 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 SonicWall Netextender is most compared with SonicWall Connect Tunnel, SonicWall Mobile Connect, OpenVPN Access Server, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and SonicWall SMA. See our Fortinet FortiClient vs. SonicWall Netextender report.

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