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Pros
"The most valuable features are central management and the many other features available.""The product is a stable solution.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.""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.""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.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"The actual wireless access points themselves are very powerful.""Tech support is good.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the size of the outdoor access points. It's great and you can disguise them quite well.""The most valuable features are the ease of deployment, the coverage that it offers, and the reliability.""Provides great coverage and performance.""The solution is suitable for many types of environments, such as small businesses."

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Cons
"When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""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 guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.""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.""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.""Cost is something that could be improved, but you have to pay for what you get."

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"The connectivity and mobility for users could be improved.""The solution could be more stable.""Of course, we'd always like it to be cheaper, but that's for every product.""The pricing, when compared to Ubiquiti, isn't competitive enough. If you want to have a Government or Public sector client they will ask why they should pay 200 euros if they can get something for 40 euros.""I would not consider this solution to be stable.""It would be nice to some analytical features built into this solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It's expensive but you get more coverage."
  • "Here in India, Ruckus is chosen often because it is priced low."
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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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    Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise features for a one-time fee and no ongoing licensing fees. Ubiquiti Wireless is very… more »
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    The solution is suitable for many types of environments, such as small businesses.
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    There is a license required for this solution. Here in India, Ruckus is chosen often because it is priced low.
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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.

    The Ruckus product portfolio of Wi-Fi, switching, IoT, LTE, software and SaaS lets you deliver a great end-user connectivity experience while reducing the amount of time you spend managing the network. And because Ruckus packs more capability into every network element, you can build that network at a lower cost per connection.

    Whether your users are employees, customers, guests, residents, students, visitors, fans, or subscribers, Ruckus products are designed to enhance their experience—and yours.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    American University of Sharjah, Dordt College, Drew University, Lamar University, Raroa School
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Educational Organization6%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise36%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 10 reviews while Ruckus Wireless WAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless WAN with 6 reviews. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.4, while Ruckus Wireless WAN 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 Ruckus Wireless WAN writes "Simple to use, great for outdoor usage and easy to disguise". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Aruba Networks Wireless WAN, whereas Ruckus Wireless WAN is most compared with Ubiquiti Wireless, Cambium and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN.

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