Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
Former Network Engineer here from ages past - I received my CCNA before CIDR notations were a thing.

Most Consumer WiFi 'Routers' (Netgear, Linksys, Asus, etc) that are also used for connectivity for PCs/XBoxes have underpowered/crippled Broadcom (and others) silicon and sometimes have software switched ethernet!

While it can be argued the firmware of a specific vendor has a lot to do with it, a large chunk of consumer WiFi gear uses the same underlying operating system; Linux with some binary firmware blobs (for the wifi controller/ethernet etc). OpenWRT seems better, but it still requires binary blobs.

Now, the 60F I purchased is not a WiFi router, but it's a enterprise-class firewall, which can /behave/ like a router. It has IPv4/6 support, NAT, IDS, Firewalling, etc. Supports OSPF, BGP, RIP, Multicast.. However, the additional items (IDS, Antivirus) for this product are *not* cheap for the average home user. I'm sure there are similar vendors (Sonicwall, etc) that have cheaper options.

Now - to the replacement:

My existing setup was an Edgerouter. Ubiquiti products like the ER are awful (ER has hardware accel disabled by default and only decided to document it recently(?)). Was connected to Comcast Business and getting IPv4/IPv6 over DHCP. A common setup for home users.

The Wireless router was Netgear R7800 connected to switch0 on the ER. (The R7800, as a consumer router, is just... bad. And slow. The GUI is doesn't have expansive options compared to other vendors that use the same exact Qualcomm radios. )

Unpacking was easy, connected Comcast to 'Wan1' and then a Computer to 'Port 1' - DHCP was already configured, and it immediately had internet access. Had to do some post configuration tweaking to get it to work the way I wanted with IPv6, DNS server on the LAN, etc.

This device has 8 CPUs, hardware-accelerated Ethernet switching, etc..

Model name: FortiGate-60F
ASIC version: SOC4
CPU: ARMv8
Number of CPUs: 8
RAM: 1918 MB
EMMC: 3662 MB(MLC) /dev/mmcblk0
Hard disk: not available
USB Flash: not available
Network Card chipset: FortiASIC NP6XLITE Adapter (rev.)

Pros:

- The GUI is very nice, as well as having SSH ship out of the box
- A lot of common settings are available in the GUI
- Fast (Hardware accelerated Ethernet, switching, firewalling/NAT, etc)
- Plenty of memory.
- Has support for OSPF, BGP, VPN, IDS (Antivirus, DNS blocking, Anti-Spam, etc etc), SNMP, DHCP, NAT/SNAT, NAT64, Traffic Shaping/QoS, VLANs, etc.
- 21W of power usage - doing multiple gigabit transfers from the switchports
- Low CPU usage when doing nearly full saturation of the ports - unlike my R7800 that would have load spikes of doing any large transfers which would kill WiFi performance
- 10Gbit/s L3 forwarding performance
- Can do a gigabit+ of firewalling

Cons:

- IPv6 interfaces aren't configurable/showing in the GUI. You need to use CLI to set it up
- Some things will /require/ the CLI (ie: get hardware status)
- The documentation on some things could be better

Get yourself a few cheap WiFi APs and use this device for a router. You'll never look back.
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