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Introduction

This handbook chapter provides information about how to setup and configure Managed FortiSwitches using the FortiGate (termed "using FortiSwitch in Fortilink mode").

The maximum number of supported FortiSwitches depends on the FortiGate model:

FortiGate Model Range Number of FortiSwitches Supported
Up to FortiGate-98 and FortiGate-VM01 8
FortiGate-00 to 280 and FortiGate-VM02 24
FortiGate-300 to 5xx 48
FortiGate-600 to 900 and FortiGate-VM04 64
FortiGate-000 and up 128
FortiGate-3xxx and up, and FortiGate-VM08 and up 256

Supported Models

The following table shows the FortiSwitch models that support Fortilink mode when paired with the corresponding FortiGate models and the listed minimum software releases.

FortiGate Models Earliest FortiOS FortiSwitch Models

FGT-90D
5.2.2 FS-224D-POE

FGT-60D
FGT-90D
FGT-100D, FGT-140D (POE, T1)
FGT-200D, FGT-240D, FGT-280D (POE)
FGT-600C
FGT-800C
FGT-1000C

5.2.3
FSR-112D-POE
FS-108D-POE
FS-124D
FS-124D-POE
FS-224D-POE
FS-224D-FPOE


5.4.0
All FortiSwitch D-series models.

FortiSwitchOS 3.3.x or 3.4.0 is recommended.

FGT-1200D
FGT-1500D
FGT-3700D
FGT-3700DX

5.4.0 All FortiSwitch D-series models.

FortiSwitchOS 3.3.x or 3.4.0 is recommended.
All FortiGate models that support FortiOS 5.4.1, with the following exceptions:

FGR-30D, FGR-30D-A
FGR-35D
FG-52E
FWF-60E
FG-61E , FWF-61E
FG-2000E
FG-2500E
5.4.1 All FortiSwitch D-series models.

FortiSwitchOS 3.4.2 or later is required in all managed switches.
FGT_60E
FGT_61E
FWF_60E
FWF_61E
FGT_100E
FGT_101E
5.4.2 All FortiSwitch D-series models.

FortiSwitch 3.4.2 or later is required in all managed switches.
FGT_80E, FGT_80E_POE
FGT_81E, FGT_81E_POE
FGT_100EF
5.4.3 All FortiSwitch D-series models.

FortiSwitch 3.4.2 or later is required in all managed switches.

 

What's New

The following new Fortilink features are available

FortiOS 5.4.1 with FortiSwitchOS 3.4.2 (or later release)

  • FortiLink support added for all of the FortiGate models
  • Supports FortiSwitch stacking topologies
  • Syslog Export from FortiSwitch to FortiGate
  • Visibility in the FortiGate of devices connected to FortiSwitch ports
  • FortiGate CLI support for FortiSwitch features (on non-FortiLink ports):
    • Spanning Tree
    • Link Aggregation Groups
    • Storm Control
    • Trusted/Untrusted Ports support (for DHCP snooping)
    • Port Statistics Display

Before You Begin

Before you configure the managed FortiSwitch unit, the following assumptions have been made in the writing of this manual:

  • You have completed the initial configuration of the FortiSwitch unit, as outlined in the QuickStart Guide for your FortiSwitch, and you have administrative access to the FortiSwitch web-based manager and CLI.
  • You have installed a FortiGate unit on your network and have administrative access to the FortiGate web-based manager and CLI.

How this Guide is Organized

This guide contains the following sections: