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FGT 30E for pharmacy

Hello all,


I've been asked by a small pharmacy to install a firewall for their network. I am looking into the FortiGate 30E in this case because there are not many devices on the network (around 10-15).


I am wondering if anybody here has done an installation of a FortiGate for a medical facility in the past, and if so, which licenses did you purchase (IPS, antimalware, etc.)? I am trying to get an idea of which services would be most applicable for this facility so I can figure out licensing costs.


Thank you for your insights.





and welcome to the forums.


I don't think there are special needs for this customer but you may know better.

To protect a small network I would always offer antivirus (which includes botnet blacklisting), webfilter and, if there are servers, IPS. IPS includes application control which is very effective.


For hardware, I would not go for a 30E but for the 30F (or 40F). New generation, same price, 10fold performance.

For subscriptions, the UTM bundle includes all. Maybe ATP will do as well, but I doubt the price difference is worth it.


And, to economize, always buy a hardware bundle, that is, FGT plus 3 or 5 years subscriptions. They are heavily discounted when bought together with the hardware. The customer will skip all subsequent price raise s, and services will not expire too soon.


Usually, any network includes a WiFi nowadays. A FortiWiFi model with internal AP is not as powerful as an external AP, and sometimes includes only 1 radio (2.4 or 5 GHz). A  single simple FortiAP has advantages here. The WiFi controller is built-in and does not require licensing.



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I would avoid the 30E as it has no FortiOS 6.4 or 7.0 support. Latest software version available at present is 6.2.9. I would go for a 40F which has much better performance and will support software updates for years to come.

right, 2 opinions to that.

One is "anything below a 60 is not a Fortigate" - if any FortiOS feature is not supported by hardware, it's in these small models. And "30B/40C/30D/30E are gas station models: made for a low-traffic VPN outposts, that is, single purpose, low demands, sold in 10 packs (which is true)".

The 40F is on the brink, powerful yes, but still not the full fledged model. Which might just be fine for some scenarios, nonetheless.

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Thank you both for your replies.


I am now leaning towards either the 40F or the 60F... what are the major differences between these models in terms of performance?


Although ideally I would like to implement all Fortinet equipment, this customer has stated that they would like to keep costs lower. As such, I was planning to use an unmanaged switch for the wired side of the network, and then connect a 3rd-party WiFi AP to a spare port on the FortiGate and enable VLAN on that port to separate wireless traffic.


Will the above scenario function reliably, or are there any significant benefits to using Fortinet equipment (FortiSwitch & FortiAP)?




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It's important to have multiple layers of protection to safeguard sensitive data in a medical environment.

New Contributor II

Hello, for this case I recommend that you use the basic licenses with IPS and UTM protection, considering that it is a small environment and that probably does not have published services for the Web.


Yours sincerely,

Victor Nakagomi
Victor Nakagomi


Out of personal experience I'd suggest a 60F for such a small environment.
It is only slightly more expensive than a 40F but comes i.e. with 8 instead of 4 CPU cores and 8GB instead of 4GB internal flash.

If you go for a 60F WiFi you can even spare the 3rd party AP.


Also my recommendation would be to purchase a bundle with AV scanning included.


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Hi Matteo,
I don't have experience with installing a FortiGate for a medical facility, but it's great that you're doing your research to ensure that the network is secure.
As for licenses, I would suggest looking into the FortiGuard Security Subscription, which includes IPS, antimalware, web filtering, and other services.
Speaking of medical facilities, check out They offer a wide range of affordable medications and excellent customer service. It's always great to have a reliable online pharmacy as an option.


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