D-Link Ethernet Switches vs. FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
D-Link Ethernet Switches
Score 10.0 out of 10
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D-Link offers Ethernet switches.N/A
FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Score 6.6 out of 10
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Fortinet headquartered in Sunnyvale, California offers the FortiSwitch Secure Access line of Ethernet switches.N/A
Pricing
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Best Alternatives
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.2 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
D-Link Ethernet SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
D-Link
The focus of the equipment is SoHo, that is, small businesses or companies and even domestic use. It meets these scenarios very well. Using for large scale, they can present difficulties to maintain throughput, that is, its use in large networks can be difficult to maintain.
Another issue to be taken into account is technical assistance, they are not as agile as the competition.
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Fortinet
If you've got a large network and are already using FortiGate firewalls or FortiAP access points, integrating FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches makes for one integrated solution. Previously we had Cisco switches that had to be configured and managed separately, which was always prone to error. Now that we have our entire network backbone on FortiNet devices, managing and configuring them is smoother. We are now able to see much clearer if there are any configuration issues between networking devices.
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Pros
D-Link
  • Easy to use GUI
  • Inexpensive
  • Available in a different number of ports.
  • Support for copper as well as fiber ports.
  • Available in gigabit ethernet and above speeds as well.
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Fortinet
  • Makes them easy to manage within one spot
  • Allows for advanced network configuration
  • Has plenty of power for all our PoE devices
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Cons
D-Link
  • Updates frequently
  • End of life cycle and end of support cycle.
  • As D-Link frequently changes its products and customer have to switch very often.
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Fortinet
  • Would be nice to have a bit different layout on the configuration page. Sometimes can be hard to find what you're looking for.
  • When disabling ports, it would be nice to have batch setting features rather than having to make changes individually.
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Usability
D-Link
D-Link Ethernet Switches are working fine and fulfill all of our organization's needs cost-wise and efficiency-wise. The rating that I gave would vary based on performance and durability. We used an open environment without an IP-rated network rack, but its working fine and we handle all weather issues carefully and manage the network smoothly. Takeaways: cost effective, handles complex networks, and very good performance.
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Fortinet
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Support Rating
D-Link
I have given it 9 out of 10 just because of its low cost and additional features that have been an integral part of any product, otherwise, the load management part was far more inferior as compared to the Cisco switches, as those switches have a spanning tree protocol built-in.
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Fortinet
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Alternatives Considered
D-Link
They stack up great. In performance, Price, Physical style. I have been around many networks with a business that has spent three times as much on a network solution and Dlink matches up toe to toe. Has of now they are moving over to Cisco language. So this will improve the availability of engineers and support.
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Fortinet
We have previously used both Cisco 220 Series and Dell PowerConnect 8000 Series switches that were managed separately from our firewalls and access points. The Cisco and Dell switch worked fine and we never had a problem with them, but it was always a hassle to have to make configuration changes since that would have to be done via separate GUIs. Having the ability to configure and manage firewalls, switches, and wireless access points all within one central GUI saves time and headache.
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Return on Investment
D-Link
  • Reduction of oscillations in the network caused by repeater equipment (which was replaced by D-links).
  • Low cost of implementation and acquisition, making it possible to acquire a sufficient quantity to meet the entire park and demand.
  • Due to its low price, we have no losses with maintenance, and can simply purchase other equipment for replacement.
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Fortinet
  • It has made management of the network much easier and less time consuming
  • We are more confident that our network traffic is being secured
  • Ability to monitor network traffic and detect potential anomalies
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