Fortinet Consolidated Wireless Management
Suppress rogue APs, enable voice/video/data mobility, secure guest access, and extend UTM benefits in your WLAN
Single Pane of Glass Management
The FortiGate platforms enable the integration of both wired and wireless traffic into a single management console, giving you a "single pane of glass" management interface to your network. You can apply a single set of security policies to all traffic classes, regardless of the type of physical layer. This unified approach consolidates wired and wireless traffic into a single console, increasing your visibility while simplifying your network.
Distributed Automatic Radio Resource Provisioning (DARRP)
Through DARRP, each FortiAP unit autonomously and periodically determines the channel that is best suited for wireless communications. The distributed ARRP feature allows FortiAP units to select their channel so that they do not interfere with each other in large-scale deployments where multiple access points have overlapping radio ranges. Furthermore, Fortinet's implementation of DARRP simplifies operations by removing dependency on client software or hardware.
Robust Rogue AP Detection, Correlation and Suppression
The goal of the FortiGate Rogue AP management engine is to automate the process of monitoring, detecting and optionally suppressing rogue access points. The integrated 'on-wire' detection technology quickly discovers rogue APs and sends out an alert. For those organizations affected by PCI-DSS compliance mandates for proactive monitoring and suppression of rogue APs, Fortinet's WLAN solution addresses a key regulatory requirement.
Secure Guest Access With Ease of Connectivity
Fortinet provides captive portal guest access by invoking identity-based policies for the specific wireless SSID and therefore provides communication privacy. To offer flexibility, captive portal users may authenticate to an external or local database. Moreover, organizations that require another layer of security may opt to deploy 2-factor authentication using FortiToken.
Fast Roaming for Operations Continuity
The FortiGate platform supports a FortiAP associated with a client to bridge to other APs and pre-authenticate that client to the "next" AP to which it might roam. When the client roams, it takes advantage of advanced negotiated authentication and quickly associates with the next AP. The capability ensures that mobile wireless clients such as smart phones and tablets that support pre-authentication can continue to wirelessly communicate without connection delays or disruptions.
Application-Based Quality of Service
In additional to supporting 802.11e QoS for Voice, Video, Data, and Background traffic, FortiOS delivers applications-based wireless LAN quality of service, allowing you to differentiate between business applications. For example, if policy mandates, desktop sharing applications may be given a higher priority than video streaming from Youtube. Furthermore these applications may be subject to rate-limiting policies which preserve the bandwidth for other business-critical applications.