Wireless Network Solutions
Network Connect provide enterprise class wireless networks for VoIP, - Voice over IP, - and data network applications using Fortinet's Secure Access Architecture.
Fortinet is a proven leader in enterprise-class wireless networks. Fortinet enable toll-quality voice, high definition video, and high speed data to all transact on one network, while maintaining information security essential for today's pervasive wireless networks.
Many IT organisations are understandably sceptical about wireless. The legacy microcell systems installed in most enterprises have a reputation for complexity, poor security and lacklustre performance. In a challenging business climate, few organisations want their IT departments to build out a new edge network simply for users' convenience.
However, the reputation of these microcell wireless LANs was due to the technology and architectural immaturity. Innovation in the industry is happening so quickly that analyst firm Gartner recognises four generations of wireless, progressing from proprietary systems through standalone access points to centralised management and finally Fortinet's Virtual Cell.
From Microcell to Virtual Cell
Most enterprise systems are still stuck in the second or third generation known as microcell, in which access points act like separate Ethernet hubs. Each has its own radio channel, its own coverage area and its own much larger interference zone in which it disrupts connectivity for others. The only way to simulate widespread coverage is to build overlapping microcells on different channels, an architecture based on cell phone systems of the 1980s. Wireless clients must guess which access point to connect to, then contend with other client devices for access to it.
Wireless LAN Virtualisation is different. Using Fortinet's advanced radio technology, multiple access points are pooled together into a Virtual Cell: a seamless blanket of coverage on a single channel that acts like a switch backplane. For extra capacity or reliability, multiple channels ensure that clients always have multiple connectivity options.
....a seamless blanket of coverage
on a single channel.
From Physical Port to Virtual Port
Each device connects to the Virtual Cell backplane through its own Virtual Port: a private link personalised to fit that device's exact capabilities and its users' role. Like an Ethernet port, the Virtual Port is dedicated to just one client, eliminating contention and improving security. Unlike an Ethernet port, it can be customised and provisioned on demand. It also travels with the device throughout the network, ensuring constant connectivity.
The Virtual Port frees applications from the limitations of the physical infrastructure. For users, that freedom means mobility. For IT, it means flexibility, a network easier to align with changing business needs.
Simple to Deploy & Manage
Most important for business agility, Fortinet has made it simple to become an All-Wireless Enterprise with a network that is simple to deploy and easy to maintain. Trustworthy for any application, the network's simplicity and reliability minimise ongoing operating expenses and the need for on-site experts.
- Wireless Like Wire. Fortinet's virtualised Wireless LAN offers all the performance that users expect from wired Ethernet combined with the mobility of cellular.
- Quality of Service. Data applications get the predictable bandwidth they need while toll-quality voice is assured.
- Airtime Fairness. Each client in your enterprise is allocated a fair share of the airwaves; unlike legacy wireless networks that have trouble adding the latest devices, you can confidently deploy the latest client technology and be assured it work with Fortinet.
- Strong Security and Simple Management. Fortinet makes it easy to control the diverse devices that guests connect to a network while ensuring that internal applications receive the resources they need.