Fortinet Device Reins in WLANs

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-04-26 Print this article Print

Fortinet's FortiWiFi-60 packs excellent security gateway features for small businesses and remote offices.

Underneath its bulky, decidedly retro chassis, Fortinets $895 FortiWiFi-60 packs excellent security gateway features for small businesses and remote offices.

The FortiWiFi-60s wireless components seem like an afterthought, although the device does provide some very welcome network-based anti-virus scans on WLAN traffic to the rest of the network.

The FortiWiFi-60 features dual WAN ports for redundant Internet connections, a DMZ port, USB ports that accommodate external modems, a four-port 10/100M-bps LAN switch and an 802.11b/g WLAN access point.

The FortiWiFi-60 offers a configurable stateful inspection firewall, plus virus scans, intrusion prevention, and simple Web and e-mail content filtering. In my tests, the FortiWiFi-60 capably blocked viruses transmitted via FTP and e-mail from the WLAN to a LAN and a WAN. However, the device cant detect viruses traveling between wireless clients; content scans are performed only as traffic travels from one network zone to another.

When used as an access point, the FortiWiFi-60 is a disappointment: Wireless configuration options are few and far between. The device supports 128-bit WEP encryption but not WPA, and I could not turn off the network name broadcast, making the WLAN easy to find and possibly crack unless wireless clients use a VPN.

The FortiWiFi-60 started shipping at the end of last month. For more information, check out

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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