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FortiExtender: Secure 5G and LTE Wireless WAN Extender

Providing 5G and LTE Connectivity for Reliable Broadband Access to the Internet

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Overview

The future is wireless, and with 5G and innovative LTE connectivity solutions, your WAN can be faster than ever. Fortinet FortiExtender leverages the scalability and flexibility of LTE (3G and 4G) and 5G wireless WAN to empower you to grow more connected, across operations and devices located anywhere and everywhere.

FortiExtender offers wireless connectivity for nearly any operational network. Whether mobile sites, vehicle fleets, field forces, or OT and IoT environments, a FortiExtender solution exists to help you achieve resilient and high-performance connectivity, anywhere.

FortiExtender Models and Specifications

FortiExtender appliances come in several indoor models with different LTE modem performance. All models offer multiple LAN ports and a secondary WAN ethernet port. FortiExtender Appliances can be managed by a FortiGate or from the cloud by the FortiExtender Cloud service.

 

Hardware

 
Model Internal Modem(s) Modem Type Coverage FortiExtender Cloud
FEX-201E Single CAT-6 (300 Mbps) NA, SA, EMEA Yes
FEX-211E Single CAT-12 (600 Mbps) Global Yes

Today’s Connectivity Challenges

Establishing and maintaining internet connectivity across an increasingly distributed environment is critical. However, conventional networking approaches include challenges such as:

  • Distributed Device Networks. Networks are sprawling and the number of connected devices is growing
  • Business Continuity. Continuous connectivity is critical for business continuity and competitiveness
  • Network Reliability. Cable/DSL offers less than 99.999% uptime—and it can’t be deployed everywhere
  • Cost. MPLS networks are costly and not scalable for current business needs
 

Resilient, Fast Connectivity, Everywhere

FortiExtender delivers a wide array of redundancy, performance, and functionality to fit nearly every wireless use case.

  • 5G speed: With FortiExtender 5G, you can enjoy network speeds up to ten times conventional 4G LTE. This assures network performance suitable for nearly every operational task and requirement.
  • High-availability wireless: Deploy FortiExtender to cost-effectively add redundancy and resiliency to your network. FortiExtender offers dual modem, dual SIM appliance options, increasing resiliency by four times. This ensures optimized wireless connectivity and the cellular infrastructure to provide broadband speeds that can be used in a failover or load-balancing configuration. For those locations without wired broadband options, FortiExtender can also serve as the primary internet connection, enabling reliable connectivity for branch, remote, and mobile networks.
  • Flexible Connectivity for SD-WAN Business that want to use multiple WAN connections including SD-WAN, can use FEX as one of those Wireless WAN links with LTE and 5G. Additionally, end users can use the FortiExtender wireless interface to create SD-WAN rules and performance SLA’s.

 

Flexible deployment and management options

FortiExtender offers a wide range of flexible deployment and management options, providing infrastructure leaders with the option to manage appliances using Fortinet FortiGate NGFW, FortiExtender Cloud, or locally at the appliance level.

Secure access service edge (SASE) at the thin branch

Leverage FortiExtender 5G, LTE, or even LAN Ethernet to onboard users located at pop-up offices and thin branch networks. With FortiExtender, deploying and managing FortiSASE is fast, simple and intuitive.

Learn more about FortiSASE Thin Edge

FortiExtender LTE and 5G Differentiators

Scalable Connectivity Anywhere

FortiExtender and FortiExtender Cloud offer secure, scalable, and cost-effective centralized management for retail and wireless-only use cases

Extending the Fortinet Security Fabric

FortiExtender seamlessly integrates with and extends the utility of SD-Branch solutions with 5G and LTE

Making Mobile Networks High-availability Networks

FortiExtender offers ruggedized, highly available solutions for mobile and IoT/OT use cases

Product Details

FortiExtender provides a reliable WAN connection to a firewall, such as a FortiGate, using the cellular LTE infrastructure (3G, 4G), as well as 5G. These connections are commonly used as a second broadband connection for reliability or increased throughput. But those businesses that want to use multiple WAN connections, including for SD-WAN, can also use FortiExtender for one of those WAN links.

Another common use for FortiExtender is to deploy it as a primary connection for a location where cellular LTE is the preferred broadband option. Retail stores or kiosks processing point-of-sales (POS) transactions might also opt for a highly-secure LTE or 5G network to meet PCI compliance requirements. FortiExtender can also be managed independently, using an attached FortiGate or through the FortiExtender Cloud service. For more information on FortiExtender Cloud, click here.