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"It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""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.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""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 technical support has been very good.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console"

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"This solution is easy to configure and it's very flexible.""We've enjoyed the fact that it has very good performance.""The stability is good.""The most valuable feature is its bandwidth management ability.""I have found one of the most valuable features to be the hotspot network.""I think they have very strong routers because they have multiple processors. I like its easy configuration with applications. For example, configuration with Linux, Iptables, and routing protocols.""It's very user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use."

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Cons
"Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""The product could use more security related features.""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.""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 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.""The security of the solution could be a bit better."

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"They can improve the way the user interface is laid out. Their user interface is slightly geeky. There is more than one way to do the same thing in the user interface, and they need to work on that.""Troubleshooting can be complex.""The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information.""The solution needs to improve its security firewalls and mirror that of, for example, Sophos, or FortiGate.""There needs to be better support for this solution in India. We have no local support.""MikroTik does not have a wireless solution. If they created a high-performance wireless solution we would deploy it in our infrastructure.""It is slow, old and unfriendly.""They need to create a license for IBS. I have a lot of clients that have spam on their networks."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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  • "This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors."
  • "There are not any external or hidden costs."
  • "The price-performance is great."
  • "MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal."
  • "The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
  • "Pricing is not an issue."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable and is one of the main selling points for MikroTik devices."
  • "When you buy a license, it is for life and you don't need to buy another one every year."
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    Overview

    Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

    The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Engineering Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider51%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Media Company4%
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    Small Business83%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches, NETGEAR Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and D-Link Ethernet Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.

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