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Fortinet FortiExtender is #8 ranked solution in top Wireless WAN tools. PeerSpot users give Fortinet FortiExtender an average rating of 10 out of 10. Fortinet FortiExtender is most commonly compared to Cisco Wireless WAN: Fortinet FortiExtender vs Cisco Wireless WAN. Fortinet FortiExtender is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 42% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 32% of all views.
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What is Fortinet FortiExtender?

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

Fortinet FortiExtender Customers

Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data

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What users are saying about Fortinet FortiExtender pricing:
"I'm not sure what the cost is. However, I anticipate that the purchase price will range between $2,500 and $5,000."

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Clement Johnson - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Clemtech LLC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Limitless scalability, reliable, reasonably priced, and the support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature will be that it works."
  • "I would like to see them make it smaller in the next release so that it has a smaller footprint for mobile clients."

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature will be that it works.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them make it smaller in the next release so that it has a smaller footprint for mobile clients.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.
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How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I make use of the entire spectrum. Fortinet was used, as well as FortiClient and Fortinet Signal Extender. They also provide a SIM port for purchase to all customers. We have a government client who is interested in the entire FortiSystem, for SSL VPNs.

How was the initial setup?

The ease of the setup and integration into the entire Fortinet solution is seamless.

What about the implementation team?

Fortinet offers assistance with the initial setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not sure what the cost is. However, I anticipate that the purchase price will range between $2,500 and $5,000.

What other advice do I have?

I believe the Fortinet Extender should be considered alongside other network extension devices. Their solution was pretty good. If you're looking for a reasonably priced solution, Fortinet's solution might be the one for you. I would rate  Fortinet FortiExtender a nine out of ten.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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