Fortigate 60d vs. Meraki MX67 for a small company without a dedicated IT Department

I need to decide between a Fortigate 60d and Meraki MX67. I am leaning heavily towards the MX67 as it is a small company without a dedicated IT Department.

We are approx—50 network users.

Please advise.

Thank you.

IT Consultant at a retailer with 11-50 employees
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IT Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
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Jul 13, 2020

We have Meraki Mx devices now, we are looking to replace them. But that is because the Meraki MX platform lacks SSL Inspection, Granular Firewall rules (Block only, no allow setting), client vpn relies on windows vpn setup (we would prefer a software solution).  

But when we bought Meraki's we were switching from something with little to no visibility into the network.  The visibility we got with the meraki and the content filtering and ability to block countries was quick and easy to setup.  If we weren't looking to lock things down further, we would renew our Meraki's rather than replace them. 

We are also looking at the fortigate series, but we would be using the latest generation - I think the 60f would be the newest of the 60 size.

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Pre-sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Nov 2, 2020

I definitely recommend Fortinet. The Meraki firewall is more intended to be integrated into a Meraki SDWAN infrastructure, with very basic firewall options.

Network Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 25, 2020

definitely the FortiGate , I can assist you with configuration and support if needed .

Oct 20, 2020

I recommend that using a Sonicwall as the peripheral firewall as you can easily configure the firewall rules to block certain countries. Its ease of use and SSL inspection and many other features and reporting features are more than sufficient for a small company. 

You don't need a dedicated IT department, Sonicwall provide cloud-based support services that can assist you 24hrs/ 7 days.   

To enhance the firewall protection further, we also deploy ZoneAlarm and webroot security firewalls at the desktops level.  We also have several firewalls routers to safeguard very important servers, giving an onion-like "layers defense" structure. 

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Hi Muhammad, You are telling us your company is small, but for choice active equipment you need to know how big the need for your client is, not yours. And also you may discuss if you are the provider of the tech service for management (local or remote), or if you're just going to provide the equipment for some internal IT by your customer.So, there are a few questions before choosing the Router/Gateway, but if you already have an answer for all that, I'll go for Sophos XG Firewall every time, if the customer can afford it or for smaller customer Ubiquiti Edge Infinity Router. Good luck
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