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Connecting to the FortiGate unit

You can connect to the FortiGate unit using a web browser. The URL of the FortiGate interface may vary from one installation to the next. If required, ask your FortiGate administrator for the URL of the FortiGate unit, and obtain a user name and password. You can connect to the web portal using an Android phone, iPhone, or iPad. The FortiGate unit will display the content of the portal to fit the device’s screen.

In addition, if you will be using a personal or group security (X.509) certificate to connect to the FortiGate unit, your web browser may prompt you for the name of the certificate. Your FortiGate administrator can tell you which certificate to select.

To log into the secure FortiGate HTTP gateway
  1. Using the web browser on your computer, browse to the URL of the FortiGate unit (for example, https://<FortiGate_IP_address>:443/remote/login). The FortiGate unit may offer you a self-signed security certificate. If you are prompted to proceed, select Yes.
    A second message may be displayed to inform you that the FortiGate certificate distinguished name differs from the original request. This message is displayed because the FortiGate unit is attempting to redirect your web browser connection. You can ignore the message.
  2. When you are prompted for your user name and password:
  • In the Name field, type your user name.
  • In the Password field, type your password.
  1. Select Login.
    The FortiGate unit will redirect your web browser to the FortiGate SSL VPN web portal home page automatically.