Hey everyone, I have heard back and forth reviews and I figured it would not hurt to get more opinions.... We are looking for more APs for a high density wifi deployment for our company. We have largely debated between the FortiAP U431-F or the 831-F. The biggest difference we found was dual 5ghz capable or not. Where the U431-F has the dual channels. Where the 831-F has far more radios and is 8x8. Has anyone had experience with them and what would you choose if you were to pick between them? The 831-F seemed to have faster turnaround times as well.
High density wi-fi is served best by many small cells with narrow bands. This avoids co-channel interference and over-crowding on the APs.
I would not try and solve a high-density requirement by using a few 8x8 APs here and there. You would be best suited just deploying many more 4x4 APs and reducing their transmit power and using 20Mhz channels to reduce overlap.
You would really do best to consult with a wi-fi certified Fortinet partner to do a proper site survey and predictive layout for your office. There are so many variables when it comes to wi-fi you really can't get all of your answers on a forum like this.
I did the mistake of purchasing 60 - U431-F and have had a horrible experience compared to the 431-F and other models. Firmware is extremely picky and can cause the U431-F to constantly reboot. When I upgraded the FortiGate to 7.0.9 and U431-F to 7.0.0, which is currently the only release in 7.0 for U431-F, the AP would not authenticate Radius clients. I had to downgrade to 6.2.5. I am using 431-F in high density areas and it works great when the power settings are turned down low allowing devices to roam between APs. I am currently running v 7.0.5 on 431-F without any reported issues. I will not purchase U431-F anymore.
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