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Fortinet FortiAP 221B Wireless Access Point
Integrated Wireless Security and Access

Fortinet FortiAP 221B Wireless Access Point

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The Need for a Fortified Wireless LAN

Enterprises are looking to increase productivity through uninterrupted access to applications and resources, without compromising security and agility. You want to increase visibility and control of your wireless network traffic by enforcing the same policies as your wired network and eliminate potential blind spots. You also need a solution that helps you meet compliance by proactively blocking unauthorised access all while providing tools for business continuity by following industry best practices.

Integrated Wireless Security and Access Solution

Fortinet's FortiAP-221B wireless thin access point delivers secure, identity-driven WiFi client access that creates a fortified WLAN network. Centrally managed by a FortiGate® or FortiWiFi™ platform with its integrated Wireless Controller, FortiAPs allow you to deploy a comprehensive, integrated security solution for your wireless and wired networks. By acting as a Wireless Controller, FortiGate or FortiWiFi security platforms enable you to deploy comprehensive unified threat management (UTM) protection over your wireless network.

Industry-Leading Wireless Technology

The FAP-221B sports the latest generation of wireless hardware with encompasses a set of advanced technologies and features enabled by 802.11n. This includes Low-density parity check (LDPC) encoding, Maximum likelihood demodulation/Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC)/(MLD), and Transmit beamforming (TxBF). The end result is an impressive increase performance and coverage of ~+100% at short range, ~+50% at mid range and ~+25% at long range. The FortiAP-221B is IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards-based, and operates on both 2.4 GHz b/g/n and 5 GHz a/n spectrums. It utilizes industry leading wireless chip technology that takes advantage of 2x2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) with dual transmit streams. This MIMO technology allows the FortiAP-221B to reach wireless association rates as high as 300Mbps per radio and enables the coverage to extend more than twice as far as legacy 802.11a/b/g. The FortiAP-221B can support up to eight SSIDs per radio-seven for client access and one for scanning for rogue access points, uses multiple discovery techniques to find available FortiGate controllers over L2 or L3 networks.

High Performance Secure Thin Access Points

  • Leverage existing FortiGate or FortiWiFi platforms as controllers for low TCO
  • Simultaneous security monitoring and client services
  • Supports new directional beam forming for higher performance at extended range
  • Full range of authentications and access for all use cases
  • Integration with FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer for unified control and reporting
  • Fast Roaming for uninterrupted data access
  • Automatic Radio Resource Provisioning (ARRP) for optimized throughput
  • Flexible deployment options with simple per device pricing
  • Layer 7 application QoS for maximum business productivity
  • Rogue AP control for PCI DSS compliance

Features & Benefits:

Features: Benefits:
Enterprise Unified Threat Management Protects your network with the widest range of security and networking technologies seamlessly integrated into a single device: Firewall, IPS, Application Control, VPN, Web Filtering, and many others.
Application-Layer Quality of Service Going above and beyond Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WME) by offering layer 7 traffic shaping and application use control.
Robust rogue AP control Industry's most comprehensive monitoring, detection and suppression of rogue APs for PCI DSS compliance.
'Single Pane of Glass' Management Console Unmatched visibility and control of all wired and wireless network traffic that eliminates blindspots in your security infrastructure and ensures consistent and effective policy enforcement and compliance.
One Access Point, Many Uses Software reconfiguration allows one radio to be dedicated to wireless air monitoring while the other provides full AP functionality to client; software license allows simultaneous mesh backhaul and remote AP functionality.
TX Beam Forming (TxBF) and Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC) Leads to wider coverage and optimum performance due to extended Rate over a longer range.


FortiAP Deployment

Performance Table:

RF RX/TX Performance Table
  Radio 1 (FAP-220B and FAP-210B) Radio 2 (FAP-220B only)
  2.4 GHz 5GHz 5GHz
802.11 a/g Tx Power Rx Sensitivity Tx Power Rx Sensitivity Tx Power Rx Sensitivity
6 Mbps 15 -89 19 -90 15 -88
9 Mbps 15 -89 19 -89 15 -88
12 Mbps 15 -87 19 -87 15 -86
18 Mbps 15 -85 19 -85 15 -84
24 Mbps 15 -81 19 -81 15 -80
36 Mbps 15 -78 19 -78 15 -77
48 Mbps 15 -75 19 -75 15 -74
54 Mbps 15 -73 19 -73 15 -72
802.11n HT20
MCS0 15 -93 19 -90.5 17 -92
MCS1 15 -92 18 -88 17 -90
MCS2 15 -88.5 17.5 -85 17 -87
MCS3 15 -87 17.5 -83 17 -85
MCS4 15 -83 17.5 -79.5 17 -82
MCS5 15 -80 17.5 -75 17 -78
MCS6 15 -78 17 -73 17 -77
MCS7 15 -75 16 -72 17 -74
802.11n HT40
MCS0 14.6 -90 18 -86 15 -90
MCS1 14.6 -89 17 -85 15 -89
MCS2 14.6 -87 17 -83 15 -87
MCS3 14.6 -83 17 -80.5 15 -84
MCS4 14.6 -89 17 -77.5 15 -81
MCS5 14.6 -80 16.5 -73 15 -77
MCS6 14.6 -75 16 -71 15 -75
MCS7 14.6 -72 15 -70 15 -74

All power values are in dBm.


FortiAP-221B Top and Bottom View

  1. Gigabit Ethernet port with PoE support
  2. DC-IN (Power connection for optional power adapter)
  3. Kensington Security Slot
  4. Reset Button
FortiAP Models FortiAP-221B
Hardware Specifications
Indoor/Outdoor Deployment Indoor
Number of Radios 2
Number of Antennas 4 internal
Frequency Bands (GHz)* 2.400 - 2.4835, 5.150 - 5.250, 5.250 - 5.350, 5.470 - 5.725, 5.725 - 5.850
Frequency of Radio 1 2.4 GHz b/g/n or 5 GHz a/n (Selectable)
Frequency of Radio 2 2.4GHz IEEE b/g/n
Tx/Rx Streams 2x2 MIMO dual stream - 300 Mbps/Radio
Ethernet Port 1 x 10/100/1000
Console Port none
Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af (15.4W)
WME Multimedia Extensions Yes (4 priority queues for voice, video, data and background traffc)
Simultaneous SSIDs 16 (14 for client access, 2 for monitoring)
EAP Type(s) 17dBm (50mW)
User/Device Authentication 16 (14 for client access, 2 for monitoring)
Maximum Transmission Power 17dBm (50mW)
Maximum Tx Power 16 (14 for client access, 2 for monitoring)
Physical Security Kensington Lock
Mean Time Between Failures 595,548 hours (68 years)
IEEE Specifications 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11e, 802.11g, 802.11h, 802.11i, 802.11j, 802.11n, 802.1X, 802.3af
802.11n Features
  • 20Mhz and 40Mhz High- Throughput (HT) Support
  • Increased maximum frame transmission by incorporating A-MPDU and A-MSDU Packet Aggregation
  • Conserve power via Dynamic MIMO power save
Advanced 802.11n to enhance rate-over-range
  • Low-density parity check (LDPC) encoding
  • Maximum likelihood demodulation (MLD)
  • Transmit beamforming (TxBF)
  • Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC) for improved receiver performance
Diameter x Height 6.5 in (16.51 cm) x 1.2 in (3 cm)
Weight 10.3 oz (300 g)
Package (shipping) Weight 19.5 oz (550 g)
Mounting Options Drywall Mount anchors, T-Rail Mount and Ceiling mount are included in package
Power Adapter ** Adapter Input 100-240V 50/60Hz 0.4A Output: 12V DC 1.25A -center positive
Humidity 10% to 90% non condensing
Operating Temperature 32 - 104 ˚F (0 - 40 ˚C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 158 ˚F (-20 to 70 ˚C)
Target Application Simultaneous AP and dedicated air monitor or concurrent 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz AP with background scan.
Directives Low Voltage Directive RoHS

* Frequency selection may be restricted to abide by regional regulatory compliance laws.
** Sold separately. See price list.

Services & Support:

FortiGuard Security Subscription Services

FortiGuard Security Subscription Services deliver dynamic, automated updates for Fortinet products. The Fortinet Global Security Research Team creates these updates to ensure up-to-date protection against sophisticated threats. Subscriptions include antivirus, intrusion prevention, web filtering, antispam, vulnerability and compliance management, application control, and database security services.

FortiCare Support Services

FortiCare Support Services provide global support for all Fortinet products and services. FortiCare support enables your Fortinet products to perform optimally. Support plans start with 8x5 Enhanced Support with "return and replace" hardware replacement or 24x7 Comprehensive Support with advanced replacement. Options include Premium Support, Premium RMA, and Professional Services. All hardware products include a 1-year limited hardware warranty and 90-day limited software warranty.


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