Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access

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

Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Overview

Some wireless deployments require high mobility with high performance and the Fortinet Wireless Controller can provide enterprise-class secure Wi-Fi to deliver this in large and high-density environments. Dedicated WLAN controllers deliver seamless mobility, quick deployment, and easy capacity expansion with radio frequency virtualization for large numbers of Access Points. For assistance choosing an AP, our AP Product selector can be found here.

 

Dedicated WLAN Controller News

9/25/18: Fortinet presents at Mobility Field Day 3. See video here

5/11/18: Fortinet releases FortiWLM 8.4.  See release notes here

5/3/2018: Fortinet releases FortiWLC 8.4.  See release notes here

 

 

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. Both single- and multi-channel deployment options are supported, maximizing efficiency to make the most of available wireless spectrum.

 

   

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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Single Channel or Multi-Channel deployment 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.

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 your wireless is done with Fortinet’s FortiGate Network Security Platform.

For assistance choosing an AP, our AP Product selector can be found here.

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, through the free FortiCloud provisioning and management portal, or by the integrated WLAN controller of any FortiGate® security appliance.    

 

Model RF Technology Description
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-U221EV 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, Internal antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 port
FAP-U223EV 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 port
FAP-U24JEV 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wallplate AP: Single / Dual radio, Internal antenna, 6 x GE RJ45 ports
Standard APs

Fortinet AP access points are managed centrally by the FortiWLC dedicated Wireless LAN Controller platform.    

 

Model RF Technology Description
AP832i 3x3 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, Internal antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
AP832e 3x3 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
OAP832e 3x3 802.11ac Wave 1 Outdoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 2 x GE RJ45 ports
AP822i 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, Internal antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 ports
AP822e 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wireless AP:  Dual radio, External antenna, 1 x GE RJ45 ports
AP122 2x2 802.11ac Wave 1 Indoor wallplate AP: Dual radio, Internal antenna, 5 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-500N Point-to-Point Outdoor antenna
FAN-504N Point-to-Point Outdoor antenna
FAN-614R Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
FAN-664N Sector/Patch Outdoor antenna
ANT-6ABGN-24 Omnidirectional Indoor antenna
ANT-ABGN230-W Omnidirectional Indoor antenna
ANT-I3ABGN-0304-O Omnidirectional Indoor antenna
ANT-O6ABGN-0606-O Omnidirectional 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).
 
FortiWLC

The FortiWLC controller series optimizes traffic across our controller-based wireless access points and client devices to support high density, high performance and predictability.  It is available in both physical and virtual form factors and requires no additional licenses to use.

 

Appliances:

 

Model Number of Managed APs Interfaces
FWC-50D 50 4 x GE RJ45 ports
FWC-200D 200 4 x GE RJ45 ports
FWC-500D 500 4 x GE RJ45 ports, 4 x GE SFP ports, 2 x 10 GE SFP+ ports
FWC-1000D

1000

4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports

FWC-3000D 3000 8 x 10 GE SFP+ ports

 

Virtual Instances:

 

Model Number of Managed APs
FWC-VM-50 50
FWC-VM-200 200
FWC-VM-500 500
FWC-VM-1000
1000
FWC-VM-3000
3000

 

FortiWLM

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.

Appliances:    

 

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

FWM-VM

15000

 

Licenses:

 

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

 

Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access Demo

FortiWLC Product

FortiWLC Demo

FortiWLC controllers support high-density clients and high performance while addressing mission-critical enterprise demands for wireless connectivity. In this demo, see our Multi-Channel and Single-Channel architecture deliver data, voice, video, and seamless roaming capabilities. Check out how the setup wizard helps with configuration using a series of workflows. 

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FortiWLM Product

Fortinet FortiWLM Product Demo

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.

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Dedicated WLAN Controller Wireless Access FAQs

Below are answers to common questions regarding FortiGate Integrated Secure Wireless Access and related services:    

What license do I need to buy to enable my FortiWLC to adopt my access point?

There are no additional licenses that need to be purchased to enable or adopt an access point to a FortiWLC.

How many APs can my FortiWLM manage?

Please refer to the FortiWLM datasheet for your specific model for information on maximum AP capacity.

How many APs will I need for my building?

AP density will vary depending on the number of users and what applications need to be supported.  Fortinet offers planning software: FortiPlanner to aid in determining the proper number and placement of APs.