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Brian M
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2020/07/16 18:35:35 (permalink)

FWF-61F / How do you enable 2.4 AND 5 GHZ

I hope I didn't get bamboozled on this rather expensive home firewall. The specs show that the WiFi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac but it looks like there's only one radio in the unit so you have to pick between either 2.4 -or- 5 GHz. Is this correct or am I simply doing something wrong?

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Re: FWF-61F / How do you enable 2.4 AND 5 GHZ 2020/07/17 01:16:32 (permalink) ☼ Best Answerby Brian M 2020/07/17 12:57:39
Hi Brian,
I'm afraid you are correct. Most of the FortiWiFi models have only one radio- meaning 2.5G or 5G but not both at the same time.
There is one exception if I recall correctly- a FortiWiFi 50E-2R which does have two radios- but it's a bit of a niche product.
In my view you are always better just getting the Fortigate (in this case the 61F) without WiFi and using a FortiAP. The inbuilt Wireless controller in the Fortigate works well.
The FortiAPs are decent products (arguably not world class). Using FortiAPs provides flexibility for better coverage and AP placement- but obviously makes for higher costs.
If this is home network then I understand cost is an issue- but you won't be disappointment with the Fortigate equipment. It gives great insight into your network and very granular ability to block/ allow traffic. But you do commit yourself to a hefty home IT budget- and quite a bit of learning time.
I guess you purchased a support package? Again you need that to take advantage of web filtering, AV etc.
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Re: FWF-61F / How do you enable 2.4 AND 5 GHZ 2020/07/17 04:26:12 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Andy Bailey 2020/07/17 04:31:08
100% what @Andy posted. FWFs are 1-radio devices. Fulll stop.
And they are NOT home equipment, by no means. Be glad you took the jump to get to know a desktop enterprise firewall. No comparison to D-Link, Netgear, TP-Link or whatever will hold.
So, with the right expectations this device is capable, easy to learn and covers a wide range of security topics.


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Re: FWF-61F / How do you enable 2.4 AND 5 GHZ 2020/07/17 04:42:01 (permalink)
If you don't mind used gear, FAP220B APs are reasonably priced on the used market. Grab one and beat it up. I have a couple placed around my house and could not be more pleased. I negated the need for a stupid wireless extender and having a single point for management is ideal. The broadcast range on them far exceeds what the FWF is able to do any day. I'm using a FWF80CM for management, but the head end isn't really an issue. Most units would be able to handle a small amount of external access points without a sweat.
Hope that helps
By the way, these are dual radio units and you're able to use both bands simultaneously. Radio 1 supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz while radio 2 is only 2.4 GHz.
post edited by rwpatterson - 2020/07/17 04:43:39

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