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

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"The most valuable feature will be that it works.""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.""You don't need to have two different vendors to interoperate and get into comparability issues or inter-operability issues.""Management can be carried out from a central point."

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"The most valuable aspect of Ubiquiti is the ease of setup. It's easy to set up, secure, and use. It works on an adoption basis. I can pull the system up, design a network, and pull 20 different Ubiquiti units into it.""The solution has an easy configuration.""Easy to use and flexible.""Ubiquiti outdoor access points in particular, are really stable, and if there are no obstructions, Ubiquiti works well.""It's an excellent option for small businesses.""Having dual-band is important. Having compatibility with very old equipment on certain frequencies, for example on 2.4 and 5.8.""Setting it up wasn't so complicated. It is reliable. Security-wise, we didn't have much trouble, but that could be due to our environment. We haven't had so many attacks, at least up till now.""Ubiquiti is easier to install than Mikrotik."

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"What most of my clients are telling me is the price is a problem.""There is a huge downside because we need to remove and insert the SIM to get it working.""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.""I would like to see them make it smaller in the next release so that it has a smaller footprint for mobile clients."

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"Ubiquiti Wireless could improve stability.""Ubiquiti could develop a more elaborate firewall solution. Their firewall solutions at the moment are entry-level. Maybe they don't want to bring those products in because many people prefer putting a third-party firewall into a solution like that. We usually do.""This product has issues with scalability and ease of manageability at scale. Security also needs to be improved, when compared to its competitors. Ubiquiti Wireless doesn't have any support that you can call. They only have an online portal where you can access support documentation, but it's not great. You have to figure out issues and solutions for yourself.""The external devices, the outdoor devices, are not so rugged. For example, for the weather that we have here in Florida, it doesn't hold up well even though it is supposed to be designed for outdoor use.""The technical support is less than stellar.""This might not be the best solution for a very large organization.""Tech support is mostly remote and could be better.""Ubiquiti is also slow to adopt new technologies. We are transitioning to Wi-Fi 6, and there aren't many products. They have mostly Wi-Fi 5 products, but there are only two Wi-Fi 6 products. It's okay for places we have already equipped, but it's a bit hard for new places."

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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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  • "The product is expensive."
  • "Ubiquiti Wireless is affordable."
  • "If you do not have a big budget, you can use Ubiquiti, it is cost-effective."
  • "I like the fact that it offers enterprise features at a cheap price. If you compare it with Cisco, it has most of the features that Cisco has been offering but at a lesser price. I am satisfied with its price."
  • "The price has been fair for what I have been using it for. There is no license for this solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees for this solution, but the cost is on the higher side."
  • "This solution is cheaper compared to others."
  • "The price of the solution is high and could be cheaper."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise features for a one-time fee and no ongoing licensing fees. Ubiquiti Wireless is very… more »
    Top Answer:For me, Ubiquiti was easy to install, configure, set up, and maintain, while also providing solid coverage and better handoffs between APs. This is especially relevant if you are using Apple products… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki. Ubiquiti devices have good outdoor performance and the connection is very… more »
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    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

    Ubiquiti Wireless is connecting Everyone, Everywhere
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    NASCAR Grand-AM, Maritime Parc, Outdoor Music Festival, British Armed Forces, Arcadia School District, Moscow - Enforta
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company34%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Educational Organization9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company17%
    Educational Organization13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business86%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Fortinet FortiExtender vs. Ubiquiti Wireless
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiExtender vs. Ubiquiti Wireless and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Fortinet FortiExtender is ranked 7th in Wireless WAN with 4 reviews while Ubiquiti Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless WAN with 38 reviews. Fortinet FortiExtender is rated 8.6, while Ubiquiti Wireless is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiExtender writes "Seamless with excellent integration capabilities and flexibility". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti Wireless writes "Attractive pricing and good for home use and small businesses, but not easily scalable and lacks security features". Fortinet FortiExtender is most compared with Cisco Wireless WAN, Cambium Networks Wireless WAN and Ruckus Wireless WAN, whereas Ubiquiti Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless WAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cambium Networks Wireless WAN and Aruba Wireless. See our Fortinet FortiExtender vs. Ubiquiti Wireless report.

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