Fortinet FortiGate vs. WatchGuard Network Security

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FortiGate
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
FortiNet FortiGate is a firewall option with high integrability. It offers a variety of deployment options and next-gen firewall capabilities, including integration with IaaS cloud platforms and public cloud environments.N/A
WatchGuard Network Security
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services designed for SMB’s.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FortiGateWatchGuard Network Security
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.
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Community Pulse
Fortinet FortiGateWatchGuard Network Security
Considered Both Products
FortiGate
Chose Fortinet FortiGate
I know I am repeating myself but Fortigate, for the price, is the most complete and customizable product there is. It might not be the best but we always were able to fix or workaround the problems we encountered with the help of their support.
Chose Fortinet FortiGate
The UI is great, the features are great, it is reliable, Fortigate awesome for the price.
WatchGuard Network Security
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
They are very similar in results but Fortinet is way easier to manage. They are equally complex when it comes to managing multiple devices across the globe but Fortinet has a better monitor solution. Also FortiGate has some firewalls capable of Virtual Firewall that helps when …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Paid log server where you have to pay for the space you want to put the logs away, Paid migration to another device, Paid second license in case of Clustra Activ-Pasiv, at every step you have to pay for something which is problematic when adding new options.Fast delivery, model …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard is cheaper, however, the management is a little easier to manage
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
I would much prefer utilizing WatchGuard Network Security. When stacked against any Unifi product, WatchGuard Network Security is vastly superior. When compared with Meraki, I have much greater control over WatchGuard Network Security Fireboxes. When compared to fortinet or …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard was far easier to configure that my Fortinet or Sophos, the D-Link routers are just as easy as the WatchGuard to set up since the DSR series, but do not offer the security of the WatchGuard.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
We found WatchGuard Network Security to provide the best protection and function combined in one device.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Less learning curve, faster implementation, and dependably reliable.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
I have had Fortinet Security experts try and compare the ease of use and advanced security functionality of their products but have always been left unimpressed. Many people seem to argue that Fortinet is a much better product but there is nothing that I have seen that Fortinet …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Watch Guard has a better management portal than Fortinet and Sonic Wall with more features and functionality. Compared with Cisco, Watch Guard is much easier to configure initially and manage. Cisco, with their price points, are obviously laden with more functionality than …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
vs Fortinet e Cisco, Price and VPN Connections
vs Palo Alto, Fidability, HA and price
vs Kerio, Interface, Cloud Server control and VPN
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
I have used Fortinet in the past as well but prefer to use WatchGurad Netowrk Security. I like the UI more and it's easier to use.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Watchguard provides enterprise level security without enterprise level administration. Fortinet and Palo Alto are over complex on the admin side, where education and specific learning is required to administer them. Watchguard provides a fairly straight forward admin side.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
they’re niche players, but it worth to check out their solutions. Best choice for SMB
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Ease of use, easy-to-learn new features and US-based support. I also think they do a good job of constantly updating their products. All of our end clients are happy with the service provided.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
I selected Watchguard because it is quite a robust, complete, compact platform and it provides me with a range of services such as Authpoint, Cloud, Dimension, Firewall, Anti virus.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Both are very similar and have equal pros and cons. We chose WatchGuard based on a recommendation
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
In one country, they use Fortinet and Meraki because the provider of those brands made a better deal.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
While I truly believe all of the products can provide a suitable solution, I had previous experience with SonicWall TZ and was less than impressed. Fortinet was extremely expensive and I couldn't justify the additional cost. Again, WatchGuard's centralized Cloud solution …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard provides a cost competitive product stack against all their main competitors, in many cases coming in cheaper, with a more impressive feature set. The range of models available allows you to match the right sized appliance to any office.
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Features
Fortinet FortiGateWatchGuard Network Security
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Fortinet FortiGate
9.3
38 Ratings
9% above category average
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5
428 Ratings
0% below category average
Identification Technologies9.736 Ratings8.6393 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.836 Ratings7.5389 Ratings
Content Inspection8.937 Ratings8.6413 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.738 Ratings8.7425 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP9.237 Ratings8.5359 Ratings
Firewall Management Console9.738 Ratings8.6419 Ratings
Reporting and Logging8.238 Ratings8.0416 Ratings
VPN9.838 Ratings8.9409 Ratings
High Availability9.833 Ratings8.6369 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.736 Ratings9.0386 Ratings
Proxy Server8.927 Ratings9.0278 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Fortinet FortiGateWatchGuard Network Security
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(65 ratings)
8.7
(443 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(4 ratings)
9.9
(33 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(6 ratings)
9.3
(116 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(26 ratings)
7.4
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.5
(263 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Fortinet FortiGateWatchGuard Network Security
Likelihood to Recommend
Fortinet
For FortiGate Firewall, the basic functionality and requirement is met easily as Fortigate is among market leaders in NGFW. There are some extra points that inclined us to use Fortigate as our main Firewall. [Fortinet]Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic. SD-WAN - Load balancing of Internet traffic is a USP of Fortigate and makes it stand tall in the competition. Be it 3 or more Internet Links, multiple Subnets/segments of users to distribute and bandwidth load balancing for links and users. SLA based monitoring of Internet Links / MPLS links, makes it even better to choose the links on the basis of performance (Latency, packet loss, Jitter etc). SSL VPN configuration - The deep CLI-level debugging is also very helpful in troubleshooting. Type of tunnel can be easily configured - Full Tunnel or Split Tunnel for SSL. Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations, there are some areas for improvement. First, the CLI interface is very hard to adapt as the commands and directory hierarchy is very different for common syntax and standards.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Generally speaking, our customers have standard requirements and the WatchGuard Network Security Firebox is there to ensure they stay protected. We've never had a successful breach on a customer's on-premise setup with a WatchGuard Network Security Firebox installed. 3rd parties (like CCTV, Printers, Login Systems, etc.) do not know which port their devices work over, so we have to identify that with them and there are often delays when this occurs.
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Pros
Fortinet
  • It is the most reliable NGFW that we have ever been touch with it.
  • You can easily upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without user attention!!!
  • User IDentity based feature is fantastic and intrusion prevention just works with least false-positive possible.
  • Very reachfull and intuitive GUI, just love it
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • Incoming Torrent attempts were blocked, but outgoing (by a user) were permitted. Similarly, other direct attempts were summarily blocked.
  • provides full administrative support for analysis of usage and scope.
  • strong Wi-Fi support and security - area wi-fi maps
  • They think of all the things secure and I don't have to worry about it.
  • I have not identified anything else that needs improvement - I am well satisfied.
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Cons
Fortinet
  • When we switched to Fortinet Fortigate, it took some time getting used to and become familiar with the new interface. Being used to strictly command-line interfaces, a full GUI-based firewall was something brand new. Careful planning had to be done when creating rules to ensure we didn't miss anything. However, once we got used to the new GUI interface, going from one Fortinet product to another was simple, as Fortinet used the same interface for all of its devices.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • Bridging ports, after the firewall is setup, isn't as easy as it could be.
  • Cloud integration for management requires recreating the entire device. It should just convert the current config.
  • Adding a Proxy policy should be on a different page from the other policy creation page.
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Likelihood to Renew
Fortinet
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
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WatchGuard Technologies
I'm giving this note to WatchGuard Network Security due to its ease of daily support (after acquiring necessary knowledge in the solution), which allows agility in configuration changes, its integration of several reliable security features (such as SSL VPN, VPN Virtual Interfaces between companies, and others) and functional and stability in operation, with no downtime in the equipment due to problems or malfunctions
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Usability
Fortinet
The user interface shared among many simultaneous users is very easy to get around. With shared favorites among users, most tasks are easily bookmarked and can quickly be found and edited. Their strategy for web filter integration is easy to understand and manage as well. With some general direction, setup and maintenance were easy to do and easy to teach others in the organization to do as well.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Although it might take some time to figure out, we have been able to use WatchGuard's online reference library and tech support to create/implement/modify all of our filtering rules and exceptions needed. There really has not been a shortcoming other than perhaps a learning curve.
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Reliability and Availability
Fortinet
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
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WatchGuard Technologies
Availability has always been a strong point of this product, it is rare that watchguard does not have a solution for customers' network monitoring needs.
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Performance
Fortinet
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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WatchGuard Technologies
The performance of WatchGuard Network Security is very good, in the years that we have used the solution we have only had a single error and Watchguard itself was able to solve it. Furthermore, when purchasing any product, the partner always evaluates the capacity of the solution to recommend the most appropriate product for our needs.
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Support Rating
Fortinet
We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
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WatchGuard Technologies
We have only had to contact them once during the initial set up to help bring the internet back on line. After that for the most part our systems have been automated, and could easily be checked form their online FAQ and Knowledge base that they provide. Everything else is easily handled from their browser based interface
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In-Person Training
Fortinet
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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WatchGuard Technologies
We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
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Online Training
Fortinet
No answers on this topic
WatchGuard Technologies
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
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Implementation Rating
Fortinet
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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WatchGuard Technologies
I had my key information for setting up the firewall, and they assisted me in finding the settings and appropriate places to enter data. They also helped troubleshoot when I didn't understand some of their feature concepts, and we got it running.
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Alternatives Considered
Fortinet
[Fortinet] FortiGate is not only cost effective but it gives the comprehensive security against the APT attacks and gives the complete traffic visibility and granular control. You can easily create the VDOMs (Virtual firewall) within a Fortigate firewall and customize the dashboard as per your requirement if you have multiple VDOMs within a single firewall.
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WatchGuard Technologies
At 3 of my locations I use both a Sonic Wall and a watch guard. In my experience, the sonic wall has a much better interface. I feel it was much easier for someone that has never accessed a fire wall to be able to make changes and learn very quickly. I feel the Watchguard has better built in applications and the VPN was easier to use and access.
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Scalability
Fortinet
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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WatchGuard Technologies
This product is very scalable since previously everything related to Watchguard was on premises but that has now changed with the inclusion of watchguard cloud. Now the product has evolved to have full control of firewalls at the cloud level.
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Return on Investment
Fortinet
  • Fortigates have an interesting bundle model for support and subscription services that make it an attractive option to deploy Firewall, IDS, Ant-virus, anti-SPAM in a single device. The cost of the bundle is pretty much what you pay for the device, not requiring huge expenditures on it's time to renew the hardware.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • The VPNs are very easy to configure, less time to loose at new implementation.
  • The traffic monitor can be improved, I can't see the ISO layers to do a faster diagnosis.
  • Having an ADDS authentication is a plus, can use it with rules and vpn for remote access. Very useful.
  • The dimension feature can be developed as a website + database for NGINX, Apache2, IIS, etc., I feel traped on that linux vm only.
  • Most of the customers doesn't like to pay for a solution like this. They will accept only after beign attacked. WatchGuard can improve the sales with a demo (hacking, active security, etc.).
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WatchGuard Network Security Screenshots

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