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  • Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

88%
12 Ratings
7.0

FortiAP

70%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

FortiAP

100%
1 Rating

Performance

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

FortiAP

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

FortiAP

100%
4 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

FortiAP

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

I recommend using this Cisco 1850 access point for offices, factories, schools, colleges, hospitals, and other indoor environments. It has great support for a medium density of simultaneous connections and has interesting features to mitigate and improve the quality and strength of the wifi signal. The captive portal brings more security and control of who is accessing the wifi network and prohibits unauthorized access. The price is great, and it has Cisco's reliability in technology.
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Fortinet

Any rollout is well suited for a FortiAP - from small office networks, to large warehouse deployments. Adding additional APs to your network is simple and easy. Monitoring is simple with Forticloud monitoring. Configuring the devices can be as complex or as simple as you need. Adding additional Fortinet devices (I have switches and firewalls) makes the network even more secure and easy to manage - all devices working in tandem make monitoring much easier
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Pros

Cisco

  • It is a versatile, clean, balanced and secure access point.
  • Wifi 5 802.11ac wave 2 technology.
  • Client link and cleanair are functions to mitigate and improve user connection.
  • Reliable smartnet service for warranty and technical support.
  • Perfect for offices and indoor locations.
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Fortinet

  • Built sturdy for harsh environments.
  • They perform and/or surpass performance levels shown on their data sheets.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Management software has been spotty, such as DNA Center (early versions pre v2).
  • Software has been unreliable (mainly AirOS).
  • Not supporting older APs has been when moving to new versions has been painful and caused multiple business complications such as audit support and mass AP replacements.
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Fortinet

  • Deploying your first AP is a little confusing - you need to register it with Fortinet, and then deploy it. I am a master now, but this took me call to support to understand how to roll these out.
  • Adding them in to the correct folders on Forticloud took a little bit of figuring out, but again, once I had it it was simple.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    FortiAP

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    FortiAP editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Fortinet

      This is an excellent product for an SMB - cost isn't outrageous and deploy is simple. I can monitor my network without breaking the bank.
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      Performance

      Cisco

      We have rolled out the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points as our previous models have come end of life/end of sale. We are more than pleased with the performance that the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points have provided our locations and have not run into any issues during or after deployment.
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      Fortinet

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Fortinet

      Fortinet support is outstanding! They are second to none. They pay attention to details and the needs of the customer.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Cisco is the preferred WiFi solution worldwide. Typically any support issues are resolved with an internet search. The Cisco solution is typically one of the first to release new WiFi standard-based solutions. Also, their solution works the first time out of the box. Many of the other products may require a call to their technical support because of software flaws or unsupported scenarios. Not so with Cisco. It works out of the box, has many available use cases, and has great support if needed.
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      Fortinet

      FortiAP does not fall short compared to other vendors. They have all the features other vendors offer at a much more competitive price-point, which makes purchasing FortiAP a lot more attractive.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      Considering my campus has 3000 of these, and the programs that come with the Cisco Access Points make it really easy to know exactly which Access Points are down, and being able to troubleshoot through SSH from the office is a God sent.
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      Fortinet

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Cisco was able to provide a product that met specific business requirements because they have offered a wide range of devices with various feature sets.
      • 9100s have a 3rd radio that allows for a lot of additional security features
      • 9100s have the same level of reliability and performance as the previous generation and continue to impress.
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      Fortinet

      • Increased overall coverage of wireless for my users - no more calls about dropped wireless (our cell service is very spotty).
      • Easy to roll out - no issues here.
      • Expensive - you are paying for a business, not a home use devices - sticker shock might happen initially.
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