Basic FortiGate network collection

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The basic FortiGate network collection is intended to help you go from having an unboxed FortiGate to a functional network that includes wired connections, WiFi, and remote access.

The list of recipes contains instructions on how to configure a FortiGate and set up a basic network. By using the recipes in order, you can create a network similar to the one shown above.

If any recipe in this collection does not fit your own network configuration, you can skip it and move on to the next recipe.

This collection is based on FortiOS 6.0.


1. Installing a FortiGate in NAT/Route mode

This recipe shows you how to install a single FortiGate in your network using NAT/Route mode, which is the most commonly used operation mode.


2. FortiGate registration and basic settings

This recipe shows you how to register your FortiGate and configure some of the basic FortiGate settings.


3. Verifying FortiGuard licenses and troubleshooting

This recipe shows you how to verify that your FortiGate displays the correct FortiGuard licenses and troubleshoot any errors.


4. Logging FortiGate traffic and using FortiView

This recipe shows you how to configure the FortiGate’s log settings and also contains information about FortiView, the FortiOS log viewing tool.


5. Creating security policies

This recipe shows you how to create and order different security policies.


6. Port forwarding

This recipe shows you how to configure port forwarding to allow connections from the Internet to reach a server located behind your FortiGate. 


7. Setting up WiFi with FortiAP

This recipe shows you how to allow WiFi access by adding a FortiAP to your network.


8. Guest WiFi accounts

This recipe shows you how to create temporary accounts that allow guests to connect to your WiFi to access the Internet.


9. SSL VPN using web and tunnel mode

This recipe shows you how to set-up an SSL VPN tunnel to allow remote users to access resources on the internal network.

Victoria Martin

Victoria Martin

Technical Writer at Fortinet
Victoria Martin works in Ottawa as part of the FortiOS technical documentation team. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Mount Allison University, after which she attended Humber College's book publishing program, followed by the more practical technical writing program at Algonquin College. She does need glasses but also likes wearing them, since glasses make you look smarter.
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