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"The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""I found that It's really good when comparing it to any other product or it is much better in terms of features that the customer requires.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""The most valuable features are central management and the many other features available.""The most valuable features of this solution are its speed, reliability, and integration with the firewall.""At the moment, particularly with the COVID-19 situation, the most valuable feature is probably the IPsec VPN, which is easy to implement with Fortinet.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient.""Has an extremely good feature set."

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Cons
"In the next release, they could improve by adding a controller-less server, or architecture that is provided in other solutions, such as Aruba. This would be a great benefit for customers.""Cost is something that could be improved, but you have to pay for what you get.""The interface could certainly do with some improvement. We have other customers with WiFi networks, and they always use Ubiquiti. With Ubiquiti, it's a much better user interface, and it is much easier to configure.""Documentation could be improved.""The roaming of Fortinet FortiWLM could improve when comparing it to other solutions. We are missing some of the functionality in the controller. Additionally, they should offer more logs instead of using FortiAnalyzer because all the users will not be using the same thing.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned.""Technical support is very poor. We are not satisfied with the technical support because there is not any direct person from Fortinet for any troubleshooting, which we expected."

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"The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us.""The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.""There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts."
  • "There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced."
  • "Support contracts typically cost approximately $100.00 per year."
  • "To save yourself from increased setup and maintenance costs, I highly recommend undertaking a proper site survey from the beginning."
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  • "The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market."
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    Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.
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    There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.
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    Has an extremely good feature set.
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    I found the inter-functionality with other vendors a negative, and we weren't particularly happy with their sales model when it came to roll-out and implementation.
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    Also Known As
    FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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    Overview

    Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.

    Best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE performance
    In addition to delivering the best Wi-Fi range and performance which is automatically optimized through reinforcement learning algorithms, Mist Access Points have a dynamic vBLE 16 element antenna array for the industry’s most accurate and scalable location services.

    Data collection, analysis and enforcement
    Mist Access Points are purpose-built to collect metadata for over 150 states that allows the cloud-based AI engine to perform analytics, machine learning, location service and event correlation. APs incorporate a 3rd radio for always-on security monitoring, troubleshooting and synthetic client tests.

    Converged platform for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and IoT
    Access Points feature integrated Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and an interface port to integrate and control analog/digital devices. This enables Mist to bridge the physical, location and connectivity realms, unlocking value from your network and eliminating the need for complex and costly overlay solutions.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Dartmouth, Hitachi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, NTT, Okta
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Retailer6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 9 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 17th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.4, while Mist Access Points is rated 5.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Aruba Instant, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Aruba Instant. See our Fortinet FortiWLM vs. Mist Access Points report.

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