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twatson85
New Contributor

School setup suggestions.

Hi all, I was recently hired at a school district and the infrastructure is and the infrastructure is all 10 years old. The course. The core switch is an old 2nd hand 2nd hand H p's switch that had been in service that had been in service for 5 years and we got that 8 years and we got that 8 years ago. All of it all of the access switches are the 1st generation unified switches with no redundancy anywhere there. Here are my concerns and/or wants. I'm looking for a solution that has everything I need under one pane of glass. That leaves me with unifi, meraki and Fortinet.. I love unified problems I love unified products and have used them for a while now but I know they're fine but I know their firewall is not up to par. We have a split system Mac Mac air books and Google Chromebooks Around 800 devices total Does Fortinet Have the ability to monitor switches if they go down the monitor switches if they go down? I plan on having a device in my office ATV with a dashboard up so I can actively monitor the network I would rather know at work I would rather know about the problem before users start coming to me with problems. After using unified for so long I'm really impressed with there I'm really impressed with their Wi-Fi stability and capabilities. Ladies. Does Fortnite compete at all in this realm. I also need a CIPA Compliant Web filter. What I was thinking for the network layout is redundant core switches play out as redundant core switches redundant firewalls balls even though we only have one eye pea currently I've won ISP currently out to edge switches suggestions here would also be great. Our ISP is a duplex 500MB

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GusTech
Contributor II

If it's budget use Fortinet as firewall and Unifi in switches and aps.

 

If you can x5 on budget.. Fortinet can give you all in one pack + expencive subscriptions.

 

I deliver many systems this way. Unfortunately, it's been many years since I quit fortinet all over. Customers do not have the money for it and it is overpriced based on what you are left with and deliver.

Fortigate <3

twatson85

Due to turmoil in it Rea almost none of the covid funds were used so we do have the funds. But just because we have them doesn't mean we should needlessly waste them. What do would you suggest? Even outside of the 2 brands
lobstercreed

I like Aruba wireless + switching (L2 only) with FortiGate being the core so you get east/west segmentation as well as traditional edge NGFW.  No personal experience with Unifi or Fortinet switches or wireless though to compare.  Just know Aruba is top of the line wifi (much better than Cisco, which I came from).

lobstercreed

I like Aruba wireless + switching (L2 only) with FortiGate being the core so you get east/west segmentation as well as traditional edge NGFW.  No personal experience with Unifi or Fortinet switches or wireless though to compare.  Just know Aruba is top of the line wifi (much better than Cisco, which I came from).

M_M_SW

There is indeed a unified solution for schools using Fortinet, using Fortigate, FortiSwitch, FortiAP. The name of this scheme should be security access belonging to the security fabric.

 

After deploying this integrated solution, the following effects do have:

1. A solution that has everything you need under one glass.

2. Use BYOD to manage more than 1,000 MacBook Air and Chromebooks and cell phones.

3. All VLANs and Devices are managed on the switch, and the port to which the device is connected can usually be found within 30 seconds.

4. Security checks can be done between all VLANs and the Internet, including IPS, AV, etc.

5. After importing the floor plan and placing the AP position, you can see the wireless network in detail.

6. SD-WAN can be distributed and managed by applications or cloud services, and does not need to use complex routing, such as policy routing, etc.

 

Basically, it can indeed save a lot of time for network management and inspection and repair.

But you need to be familiar with the operation and application of each function, cause I feel that Fortinet's customer technical services do not always satisfy customers.

 

twatson85

I have heard that. Yo add to the fray super would like traffic monitoring between schools so we can tighten restrictions for elementary. I have a call with them coming up but so far after putting in the request there has been crickets so far.