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Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access

Dedicated Wi-Fi control and management for high density and mobility

2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure
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Some wireless deployments require high mobility with high performance and the Fortinet Wireless Controller can provide enterprise-class Wi-Fi in large, high-density, complex environments. Dedicated WLAN controllers deliver seamless mobility, quick deployment, and easy capacity expansion for large numbers of Access Points.

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Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Models and Specifications

FortiAPs are available in a variety of models to address specific use cases and price points. Configuration and control of the wireless network is done with Fortinet’s FortiWLC dedicated Wireless Controller.  Additional wireless management and RF tools are available within the FortiWLM Wireless Management console.

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Large campuses, distributed enterprises, and small businesses all have diverse WLAN architecture needs. That's why Fortinet provides a full suite of WLAN Access Points as part of our dedicated controller solution designed to address the unique requirements of every organization.

Specific information by product line can be found by selecting each category.


Universal APs

FortiAP Universal access points are managed centrally by the FortiWLC dedicated Wireless LAN Controller platform, the FortiAP Cloud provisioning and management portal, or by the integrated WLAN controller of any FortiGate security appliance. 

Model RF Technology Description
FAP-U431F 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Indoor wireless AP:  Tri radio, Internal antenna, 1 x 2.5 GE & 1 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U433F 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Indoor wireless AP:  Tri radio, External antenna, 1 x 2.5 GE & 1 x GE RJ45 ports;
FAP-U231F 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Indoor wireless AP: Tri radio, Internal antenna, 2 X GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U421EV 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U423EV 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U422EV 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Outdoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U321EV 3x3 802.11ac Wave 2 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U323EV 3x3 802.11ac Wave 2 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
FAP-U24JEV 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wallplate AP: Single / Dual radio, Internal antenna, 6 x GE RJ45 ports
Access Point Accessories

Antennas and power supplies for use with FortiAP and Fortinet Controller Access Points.

Model Description
FAN-612R Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
FAN-612N Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
FAN-614R Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
FAN-664R Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
ANT-O6ABGN-0607-PT Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
ANT-A08O-NM-2 Omnidirectional Outdoor antenna
ANT-BG080-NM Omnidirectional Outdoor antenna


Model Description
GPI-115 GE 802.3af power supply
GPI-130 GE 802.3at power supply

The Dedicated Wireless LAN Controller offering from Fortinet is made up of both physical and virtual appliances for control (FortiWLC) and Management (FortiWLM).

The FortiWLC controller series optimizes traffic across our access points and client devices to support high density, high performance and predictability. It is available as a virtual machine and requires no additional licenses to use.

Virtual Instances

Model Number of Managed APs
FWC-VM-50 50
FWC-VM-200 200
FWC-VM-500 500



The FortiWLM series offers full management of controllers and access points along with an extensive set of troubleshooting and reporting tools.  It is available in both physical and virtual form factors.  All platforms include 50 licensed APs, expansion to manage greater than 50 APs requires the purchase of FortiWLM licenses.


Model Max Number of Managed APs Interfaces
FWM-100D 1000 4 x GE RJ45 ports
FWM-1000D 15000 4 x GE RJ45 ports, 4 x GE SFP ports

Virtual Instances

Model Max Number of Managed APs




Model Additional APs Licensed
FWM-NM-50-A 50
FWM-NM-250-A 250
FWM-NM-2500-A 2500



Presence analytics with captive portal integration is available via our FortiPresence product line.  FortiPresence is available either as a hosted cloud subscription service (which includes a free tier, Login available here.)  Or as a dual VM environment for private installation.

includes advanced features and 1 year rolling Data Retention per AP License
Single AP FortiPresence VM License
50 AP FortiPresence VM License
250 AP FortiPresence VM License
500 AP FortiPresence VM License
1000 AP FortiPresence VM License
Identity and Access Management

FortiAuthenticator user identity management appliances strengthen enterprise security by simplifying and centralizing the management and storage of user identity information.

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4x GE RJ45 ports, 1x 1 TB HDD
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4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x 1 TB HDD
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4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x GE SFP, 2x 2 TB HDD
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4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x GE SFP, 2x 2 TB SAS Drive
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4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x GE SFP, 2x 2 TB SAS Drive

Virtual Instances:

Base FortiAuthenticator-VM with 100 user license
License to add 100 users to base VM
License to add 1000 users to base VM
License to add 10000 users to base VM
License to add 100000 users to base VM
Simplify WLAN planning and deployment with FortiPlanner, Fortinet’s graphical Wireless LAN planning and post-deployment site survey tool. FortiPlanner uses signal propagation ray-tracing algorithms to generate accurate predictive plans. After deployment, verify your installation with a real-time coverage heat map generate from collected survey data.
Free Deployment and Planning Utility (up to 10 APs)
FNDN Deploy Toolkit – includes FortiPlanner (unlimited APs)
FNDN Site Toolkit – includes up to 15 users of FortiPlanner (unlimited APs)

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Our Customers Emphasize the Value of Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access in Gartner Peer Insights Reviews

Wireless networks have become ubiquitous, and as the technology has matured, selecting a solution is rarely about the AP hardware itself, but the overall manageability, simplicity, and features that the overall solution can offer. 

Organizations are increasingly selecting Fortinet's wireless offering because our ease of use and unbeatable TCO.  Without the burdensome licensing processes and costs found in most vendors, and with a focus on simple streamlined user experiences, Fortinet customers get the best of both worlds, while still deploying rock solid reliable wireless access throughout their location. 

To see what recent customers have to say about Fortinet wireless, check out our reviews on Gartner Peer Insights.  Here are just a handful of recent headline comments.

Control your wireless network with high secure and availability

Network and System Administrator, Finance Industry

We have installed our wireless network in the whole building. we have the stability, the security, coverage and the high speed we can control it as we can.”

Working smoothly and features are very nice.

IT Engineer

"It’s working fine and features are very good. We integrated Active directory on the wireless solution so the user can access Wi-Fi with they own email id and password. Very easy to manage. Coming to the security, products are secure, reliable and scalable."

Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

FortiWLM provides centralized configuration and management of wireless networks. It includes Network Manager, Spectrum Manager, Service assurance Manager, and Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS). In this demo, see how the ability to provision, test, troubleshoot, and optimize wireless networks helps reduce IT overhead and cost without compromising overall quality of service.

Features and Benefits

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Superior density, scalability, and mobility

Handle even the most complex RF environments.
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Protection for sensitive data and help to meet compliance

Built in compliance reporting and management removes the guesswork.
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Multiple deployment options for management of your RF challenges

Deploy the network that will work best for your environment.
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Simplified deployment and capacity expansion

No licenses to manage, just plug and go.
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Scalability from 1 to 10,000 APs

A range of platforms for any sized deployment.
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Wireless device locationing tools included with no additional licenses

Wireless device locationing tools included with no additional licenses.


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Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Product Details

The FortiWLC and FortiWLM platforms deliver seamless mobility and superior reliability with optimized client distribution and channel utilization. Multiple deployment options are supported, maximizing efficiency to make the most of available wireless spectrum.

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