Re: ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch
It has soft switch capability. I used a few of the 1G ports as a soft switch for a while after rapid deploying a location and the full switch was delayed in shipping. It works for bridging a bunch of the interfaces together, but not much else. I would not recommend using it forever as I imagine there is a performance penalty.
Some FGT500Es, 500Ds, 60Ds at work
FWF60E, FWF80CM at home