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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet Wireless?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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7 Answers
Service Delivery Manager at ZAVASI TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD
Real User
04 March 20

The licensing is all contained in the purchase and implementation. The customer will look at the licensing at purchase and make sure all is in order. All the subscriptions that are relevant for the purchase and maintenance are involved. The implementation will be monitored and have a secure wireless connection.

PeterMacTaggart - PeerSpot reviewer
IT and IT Security Consulting at MacTaggart IT Security
Real User
27 January 20

Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts.

Piyush-Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Support Executive with 11-50 employees
22 January 20

For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.

Panduka Samarasinghe Cissp - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Pre-Sales Engineer - Southern Reigion at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
09 December 18

We're not cheap but we can give you better pricing than the competition if it comes to that. Licensing is pretty straightforward. We don't have any hidden licensing when you purchase an appliance. If you purchase one appliance you get the maximum number of clients and every feature in that appliance unlocked for you. You just pay for the entire thing outright.

Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees
Real User
11 November 18

Fortinet's pricing and licensing is very reasonable. There are a few things that are a little bit different. One of the reasons that we chose it is because we're a school and we're always looking at the bottom line. We've gone with this solution because it's been able to reduce our cost in other areas to get the same results. The amount of money that we save is allowing us to do the rest of the stuff right. Because of the savings, we're able to do some of the security things that, previously, we couldn't do because our hands were tied, due to the extra costs. We have realized somewhere around 30 percent savings. That has allowed us to focus more on the end-user experience, rather than on security and management. There is one thing that I find extremely strange, and this something that is unique to Fortinet, and it isn't a positive at all. Any time I have an RMA (return merchandise authorization) if it's not considered a "DOA," which is within the first 120 days, even if I have paid support on the device, I have to pay to return the device back. For a customer like us, that's a little bit more difficult because of the way funding works and where we're located. It makes it a very big challenge to get devices back to them. We just had an issue with an AP that was covered with a three-year extended warranty, and it failed. They sent us one right away, but we had to pay to ship the other one back. That's just not an industry standard at all. I could understand it more if it was a device that I had chosen not to cover, but on a device that you actually are paying premiums for, that's just not the industry standard at all.

Senior Network Engineer at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
Real User
16 August 18

Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller.

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Sr. Director, IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
15 July 18

The product's pricing is a good value. Licensing is the only area where I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to cover all products for a company.

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Suresh Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Technical Executive at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 08, 2021
I am working as a Senior Technical Executive at a coaching institute for IIT- JEE, Pre-Medical, Commerce, Law, and Pre-Foundation. We are evaluating Fortinet, Ruckus, Cisco, and Huawei.  Which one of these is the best wireless controller for maximum client connectivity and has high throughput?
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AlanTran - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technical Services at CTM
17 February 20
Hi, It is all dependent on the size of the controllers in question. Though I would suggest getting a cloud base technology so you are limited by any controller and have much better redundancy. Take a look at Arista Cognitive Wireless
Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
17 February 20
Hi, Every one of the mentioned solutions is good but you need to check the needs which are security since the firms you are working with need protection and tracking of data. For this reason, I recommend: - if you have FortiGate installed then go for Fortinet Wireless since they can be integrated with the Fortigate without buying a controller and they work perfectly together and you will get the advantage of applying rules to the client himself whether mobile or computer, easily managed & monitored, more visibility over your network and incident notifications. If the above doesn't apply then you can go with the best one that fits your budget and security needs which for me doesn't fall on the mentioned solution but to go with ARUBA Instant Access Wireless Solution and the reasons are as such: - Cisco is too much expensive and you got to pay smart support with some complexity in configuration and you need to buy a controller - Ruckus is good but when you want to have the security you need to buy a controller with licenses and it won't give you the security needed since it is just a wireless solution - Huawei is not a stable company since it had many ups and downs and they can reach with you to have all the solutions nearly free so that you install their brand. Whereas Aruba you don't need a controller in the Instant access points and you will get the minimum security with radius integration and what is important a lifetime warranty on the access points. In addition, if the number of access points increased and you want more detailed management and more advanced configurations, you can buy a controller either on-premises or on-cloud with Aruba. The above information is based on my experience with all the solutions and their POC. If you need any more details and consultancy, kindly feel free to contact me. Regards.
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Systems Engineer at FTD India
Feb 15, 2018
The software developers in the organization should connect to wireless access points for internet by their active directory credentials. Is that possible with Cisco WLAN?
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PeerSpot user
IT Network Specialist / Project Manager / IT Environment Architect
15 February 18
Yes, it is totaly possible!!!
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