Fortinet FortiExtender

Fortinet FortiExtender

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Fortinet FortiExtender


What is Fortinet FortiExtender?

FortiExtender is the wireless WAN offering from Fortinet.
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What is Fortinet FortiExtender?

FortiExtender is the wireless WAN offering from Fortinet.

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Fortinet FortiExtender allows our agency to have secure and stable network connectivity. Fortinet FortiExtender provides broadband access to the internet and allows for our agency's business integration with practices that require remote connections to complete our work. Fortinet FortiExtender is easy to use, not too difficult to implement and manage and is a good WAN solution.
  • Provides WAN solutions
  • Ease to manage
  • User friendly
  • Price can be costly to maintain
  • Tech support could be better
  • Better integration with mobile devices
Fortinet FortiExtender is well suited to delivering fast 5G and LTE service. The cloud-based system is great so that our agency can manage the cloud from anywhere which is great during remote work. The Fortinet FortiExtender was easy to deploy and the system has been easy to manage. The Fortinet FortiExtender is less appropriate when it comes to the cost to implement and the customer support could be improved.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
With new technology improvements, we had to move with 3G , 4G connectivity requirements and new 5G changes to improve WAN connections with SD-WAN feature set. Fortinet FortiExtender gave us quick adaption with new technologies without big infrastructure changes and with lower TCO. This gives high flexibility to provide main or backup WAN connections to company with stable internet connectivity.
  • WAN extending
  • 5G innovation
  • Easy configurations
  • some less footprint devices than currently available
  • SD-WAN integration more granularly
  • High gain antennas for low signal areas
Fortinet FortiExtender well matched to quick WAN additions and extending scenarios using 4G and 5G networks. this gives capability to rural areas which have 4G connectivity to extend WAN capabilities beyond lower speed networks or very complex ground level connectivity options. also since 5G is still in evolution stage for many countries, 4G option gives total capabilities for WAN backup links.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Several libraries and laboratories are available to students at Business Technology University, allowing them to complete assignments, and research topics, and keep up with the latest developments in their fields of study using the most up-to-date resources. It is improper for a place of education to make use of antiquated technology that lacks adequate protections against hacking. The difficulties that had to be overcome were maintaining a constant and secure connection, keeping track of all of the sessions, and finding ways to improve the efficiency of the workday.
  • Multi-band support for redundancy in case of band failure.
  • Remote control and administration of the system through the cloud.
  • The Fortinet firewall was integrated into the system.
  • Case studies need to be more in-depth.
  • Add more useful features to mobile devices.
  • We can all breathe a sigh of relief since configurations and integrations are finally coming together.
It may address a number of WAN challenges for enterprises of any size and form. A solid network makes it possible for admins and users to grow the business and introduce new services that rely on the network. Your firm will be efficient and safe if you integrate FortiExtender into a wider and more advanced Fortinet Security.
Mohit Prasad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
With Fortinet Security, FortiExtender helps to achieve high-end internet scalability and high-end connectivity in the organization. IT's wireless scalability and out-of-the-band management enabled us to achieve the scalability and easy connectivity of the internet in the organization. The cloud-based management increased efficiency and helped us manage the user and other related activities for monitoring and planning.
  • Failover protection by supporting multiple bands.
  • Cloud based management helping to manage the system from anywhere.
  • Integration with the Fortinet firewall.
  • Third-Party integration
  • Lower update footprints
  • Global configuration
Fortinet itself is a well know name in managing the firewall and security. With FortiExtender they gave an excellent solution for increasing the connectivity within the organization and helps to manage it with the cloud-based system. The implementation helped to achieve lower latency and higher efficiency for the users in the organization.
Maiko Svanidze | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a learning entity, Business Technology University has several libraries and labs, where students should be able to make homework and have access to some cloud platforms to stay up-to-date and use proper materials and test labs. Using old, outdated, and insecure products is inappropriate for a learning institution. So there were some challenges, namely: stable and secure connection, the ability to monitor the sessions, ability to optimize the working process.
  • Secure and stable connections
  • Easy to manage
  • Integration with other parts of Fortinet Fabric
  • Improve functionality for cellphones
  • Single Sigh On configurations and integrations
  • Provide more detailed case studies
It can solve a lot of WAN issues for organizations of any kind and any type. Supporting 5G gives admin and users the opportunity to improve the business and add new services depending on a stable network. Also, FortiExtender could become a part of a more wide and more sophisticated Fortinet Security Fabric, which means that your organization will be effective and secure.
March 31, 2022


Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Fortinet's fortiextender for our parking lot on warehouse WIFI backup system. It works great when our primary WIFI system needs to be updated or simply fails. Fortinet's platform works seamlessly with our Fortinet Firewall.This product is fairly easy to configure and provides easy access GUI for future patching.
  • Ease of use
  • Easy setup
  • Easy management
  • N/A
Fortinet FortiExtender works best in our open air warehouse environment and our parking structure. It provides ease of access for our technicians to connect wireless while roaming around our warehouse.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We added this Wireless WAN in our company to assist all of our departments as well as to provide us backup when our cable network gets failed due to any of the causes. It is great in providing us backup in critical situations and is also managing some of the department’s critical processes. We are integrating it with other Fortinet security.
  • the coverage it provides us is amazing.
  • It is secure and this is one of the basic reasons to choose this WAN solution.
  • The stability of it is another plus.
  • Installation is very easy and can be done even without the assistance of any technician.
  • It is good when any problem occurred in our fiber cables but when it gets problematic then there isn’t any way out for us and its graphic interface is not helpful.
  • Its support team is useless and didn’t help in any regard.
  • The price is not in our favor.
any large or small company who needs a 24/7 network and wants to have a secure network as well then it is one of the finest choices which they'll definitely never regret. I admit that we took a long and evaluated a lot before buying it but the ease, security, and great coverage it has provided us is enough to praise it and makes it worth appreciating.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have installed Fortinet Forti Extender in our company a year back and it helps backup our fiber cable. and it is helping us out in managing our critical processes in case of any mishap and if our internet connections run out. It is great with great signal strength. and its integration helps in [providing us more secure.
  • It has provided us ease of integrating it with other devices most specifically Forti devices
  • It is quite stable and is much secure.
  • It provides us with comprehensive support in backup connectivity.
  • It has excellent coverage and it is something most essential for us.
  • Not effective to work with PoE.
  • Unjust Price.
  • GUI of it is complex and is not much beneficial in case of any trouble.
Fortinet is great for the big companies that can't afford any network problems and must have some backup network connectivity tool. Fortiextender is stable, provides strong signals, and is a much secure tool. and I think it is a perfect backup solution and we are using it as a secondary solution and are utilizing it for almost daily purposes.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Great devices from Fortinet if you need to have mobile 4G coverage in those remote branches, even for the main connectivity or for the backup connectivity as in our case. We do believe these devices provide really good service, as signal strength even in a remote location gets enough bandwidth for daily operations of the whole branch. Also Fortinet FortiExtenders are well integrated into the Fortinet security fabric, which provides that extra layer of security.
  • Good coverage
  • Simply integrates with other Forti devices
  • High security standards
  • Top-level stability
  • Doesn't work too well with PoE; always use power supply
If you have Fortinet's SD-WAN solution, this might be the perfect backup solution, as we switch over to 4G in case our primary network fails by using these extenders. It works in around two or three seconds to establish the connection backup. Also we do use it daily as secondary link to utilize a mobile connection for non-business-critical tasks like PC patching so we don't have an affect on the primary link of the remote branches.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We currently have FortiExtender's installed at our facilities to back up our Fiber and Cable services. It's primary purpose is to ensure uptime for credit card processing and other critical services when an outage on hardline internet connections is down. Our facilities are located well away from population centers, and the FortiExtender has allowed our business to function through multiple outages in the last 3 years.
  • Direct integration and management through the FortiGate Firewalls we use.
  • Easy SD-Wan implementation in the FortiGate platform.
  • Can be installed in a separate area of the facility from the Firewalls, allowing the installation location to be determined by Signal, where a USB modem would have to be plugged directly into the Firewall at it's current location.
  • When there is a problem, the errors provided in the GUI are unhelpful. In order to have a chance of solving most issues I've come across, you need to be comfortable with the CLI.
  • Most products in the FortiGate product line do not offer POE power support. The Extender requires POE and has no internal battery. This requires a switch or injector between the extender and the firewall. In the event of a power outage, you lose the extender if you don't have it plugged into an adequate battery. As it's installation can be in a different location then the FortiGate, this can be a hassle.
FortiExtender requires a connection to a FortiGate firewall. If you are a FortiGate shop and are looking for a 4G backup connection, then there is no reason to look elsewhere, the direct management from the FortiGate, the ability to use usage statistics and status in your SD-Wan config are worth it. If you do not use FortiGate firewalls, then please look elsewhere, you can not configure this device independently.
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