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"The GUI is user-friendly and the dashboards are good.""I have found the technical support to be one of the most valuable features.""The most valuable feature is reliability.""I like the way that it integrates with the ClearPass security system on-site.""The most valuable feature is the ease of setup and deployment.""The most valuable features are price, quality, and performance.""All the features are available, even including the security. The access point enables the matching of any connectivity."

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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.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""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.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The product is a stable solution.""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.""The most valuable feature is the ability to connect and broadcast to different networks without using a VLAN or a layer two switch, which allows you to easily create guest networks."

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"This solution needs different models that are more specialized for certain customers.""We have had stability issues with some types of portable devices.""Technical support is important to me and I feel that it is something that can be improved.""The integration should be better.""In the next release, the security should be improved by including support for WPA3.""From the commercial-side the pricing side is fine but in other aspects, it could be lowered.""Right now, the integration between the support that you are getting from Hewlett-Packard, which is the parent company, and Aruba, they're not meshing together."

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"Cost is something that could be improved, but you have to pay for what you get.""The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.""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.""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.""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.""Documentation could be improved.""Areas for improvement would be the compatibility with Apple products and cross-platform integration."

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  • "It is more affordable than Cisco."
  • "The price of this solution is approximately 1,000,000 ESP ($6,750 USD)."
  • "The price of this solution is better than some other vendors."
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  • "For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee."
  • "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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    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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    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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    Also Known As
    FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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    Overview
    Aruba Networks Wireless WAN enables communication anywhere people work. It supports BYO-everything and does it securely and reliably. And it makes life simpler for IT with automation and centralized management.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    The Pittsburgh Golf Club, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Amwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai, Trevecca Nazarene University
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    University16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise41%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is ranked 5th in Wireless WAN with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 10 reviews. Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Aruba Networks Wireless WAN writes "Allows you to easily scale your network infrastructure to support thousands of remote users". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is most compared with Cambium, Ubiquiti Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, whereas Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Mist Access Points.

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