Re: Fortigate 200E Zone Vs Interface
Of course you can use a software-based switch. The FG-200E does have a decent CPU so that with moderate load you won't notice the difference to a hardware-based switch much.
You wrote that you need to put 4 ports into the same VLAN. Isn't that the classic situation of an access switch? Why not expand your FGT with a FortiSwitch? They are fully manageable from the FGT, fully monitored and cheap (in absolute price and cheaper per port than Cisco).
Anyways, if you want to keep this simple, create a sw switch and look how far you get. It doesn't matter if traffic is predominantely inter-vlan or external.
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