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"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.""The most valuable features of this solution are its speed, reliability, and integration with the firewall.""The most valuable features are central management and the many other features available.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""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.""The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users."

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"The solution has been stable.""Cloud analytics that provide all its attributes."

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Cons
"Cost is something that could be improved, but you have to pay for what you get.""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.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""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.""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.""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.""The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned."

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"The solution can be scaled but it has limitations from my experience.""Inability to import a user with one click."

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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 solution is priced high compared to competitors. However, for the features that are included in the solution, the price becomes more reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
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    All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
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    The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.
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    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 solution is priced high compared to competitors. However, for the features that are included in the solution, the price becomes more reasonable. There is no licensing, you just have to purchase… more »
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    I would recommend this solution to others. I rate WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi an eight out of ten.
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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.

    WatchGuard is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services for SMBs and Distributed Enterprises worldwide. Our mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Portsmouth Grammar School, HILOTEC
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Retailer6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiWLM vs. WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 9 reviews while WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is ranked 18th in Wireless LAN with 2 reviews. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.4, while WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is rated 8.0. 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 WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi writes "Cloud analytics has simplified our operation; easily manageable for multiple locations". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ubiquiti Wireless, whereas WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Aruba Instant, Ruckus Wireless, ExtremeCloud IQ and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Fortinet FortiWLM vs. WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi report.

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