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Unifi Router Replacement Guide

We all know the Unifi router provided by Telekom Malaysia is quite bad and it causes performance and stability issue. The common complaint is it is impossible to deliver the full speed of your signed up package over wireless. A lot of users are complaining that they are unable to achieve the full 30Mbps on WiFi. The question is, what router should you buy?

All Unifi installation comes with 2 devices, an ONU and a wireless router. The ONU which is commonly known as the modem is non-user replaceable and it comes with a lifetime warranty by TM. You can only replace the wireless router. Not all wireless routers are compatible with Unifi as Unifi run on VLAN to deliver the internet connection and HyppTV service.

This list contains routers that are fully compatible with Unifi with HyppTV working right out of the box. I also compiled the specifications and price range. This page will be constantly updated with new routers added to the list. Selecting a router depends on your budget, your amount of wireless devices and the size of your house.

Note: The price may change from time to time. Please check with the dealers for the latest price.

Leave a comment below for any suggestions and feedback. You can click on the model name to read my review on the router.

Unifi Router Setup Guide:

Once you purchased the new router, please request your Unifi login ID and Password from TM. You will need them when configuring your new router. Once you got everything ready, remove your old wireless router and connect the new router to the ONU. You have to reconfigure your new wireless router. The process depends on the brand of the router but generally, you just need to insert the PPPOE ID and password and select the Unifi profile on the router.

Unifi Compatible Router List:

Asus Unifi Router

ASUS

Asus makes one of the best Unifi routers in the market. The compatibility is great and the hardware is amazing. This is coupled with ASUSWRT firmware which comes with a lot of features and great Unifi support. All new Asus routers are fully compatible with Unifi with Native IPV6 support. You can refer to this post for my guide on how to configure Asus router to work with Unifi.

ModelWireless SpecificationExternal AntennaEthernet PortQoS FeaturePrice RangeRemark
RT-AC5300AC530084 x GigabitAdaptive~ RM2000Coming soon
RT-AC88UAC310048 x GigabitAdaptive~ RM1600Coming soon
RT-AC3200AC320064 x GigabitAdaptive~ RM1700
RT-AC87UAC240044 x GigabitAdaptive~ RM1500
RT-AC68UAC190034 x GigabitAdaptive~ RM1200
RT-AC66UAC175034 x GigabitTraditional~ RM900Review coming soon
RT-AC55UHPAC12002 x 9dBi4 x GigabitTraditional~ RM600
RT-AC1200G+AC120044 x GigabitTraditional~ RM400
RT-N18UN60034 x GigabitTraditional~ RM500
RT-N14UHPN3003 x 9dBi4 x FastTraditional~ RM400
RT-N12HPN3002 x 9dBi4 x FastTraditional~ RM300
RT-N12 D1N30024 x FastTraditional~ RM200

TP-LINK Unifi Router

TP-LINK

TP-Link routers are relatively affordable for the specifications it offers and it comes with decent Unifi compatibility as well. However, there is some limitation on the Unifi mode as you need to disable Hardware NAT on certain models for the Unifi mode to work. Moreover, the QoS feature will not be available when the router is operating on Unifi mode. They are still great routers at the price.

You can refer to my guide on how to setup TP-Link Unifi router here.

All new TP-Link routers support Unifi but if you are buying an older model, do take note of the hardware version.

ModelHardware VersionWireless SpecificationExternal AntennaEthernet PortPrice RangeRemark
Talon AD7200AllAD720084 x GigabitRM2299 RRPQoS disabled on Unifi mode
Archer AC3150AllAC315044 x GigabitRM969 RRPQoS disabled on Unifi mode
Archer C3200AllAC320064 x Gigabit< RM1000QoS disabled on Unifi mode
Archer C2600AllAC260044 x Gigabit< RM800QoS disabled on Unifi mode
Archer C9-AC190034 x Gigabit~ RM700
Archer C7V2, V3AC175034 x Gigabit~ RM500
Archer C5-AC120024 x Gigabit
Archer C60-AC135054 x Fast~ RM350
Archer C1200-AC120034 x Gigabit< RM400Provided by TM
Archer C2V1AC75024 x Gigabit< RM300
Archer C25-AC90044 x Fast~ RM220
Archer C20V1AC75034 x Fast~ RM200
TL-WR1043NDV1, V2N45034 x Gigabit< RM200
TL-WR941HP-N4503 x 9dBi4 x Fast< RM250
TL-WR841HPV1N3002 x 9dBi4 x Fast< RM150
TL-WR841NV7, V8, V9N30024 x Fast< RM100

D-Link Unifi Router

D-Link

D-Link is one of the earliest Unifi router suppliers with their legendary DIR-615. They recently come back with some great Unifi router. The compatibility is generally good and relatively easy to set up. They are also relatively affordable in general. They all comes with support Native IPV6.

ModelWireless SpecificationExternal AntennaEthernet PortPrice RangeRemark
DIR-895LAC530084 x Gigabit~ RM1500
DIR-890LAC320064 x Gigabit~ RM1200
DIR-885LAC315044 x Gigabit~ RM1000
DIR-880LAC190034 x Gigabit~ RM600
DIR-868LAC1750Internal4 x Gigabit~ RM600
DIR-850LAC1200Internal4 x Gigabit~ RM300
DIR-816LAC75024 x Fast~ RM220
DIR-619LN30034 x Fast~ RM200

Other Unifi Routers

Of course, there are more routers out there that are compatible with Unifi. There are Mikrotik, Tenda, Netgear, Linksys and many more enterprise grade routers which is fully compatible as well. The list only includes your usual consumer router which is easily available and comes with Unifi support out of the box. If getting a new router is not an option for you, you can always use your existing router. If you already have a good router but the stock firmware of your router does not support Unifi, you can try flashing it to OpenWRT. I get Unifi working on my TP-LINK MR3420 on OpenWRT.

488 Comments

  1. Shiva June 17, 2017

    I’m thinking bout to get Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 smart dual band wifi router. Does this support UNIFi 50mpbs?

    • blacktubi June 18, 2017

      Yes, it does. But manual VLAN required. I do not recommend it unless you know how.

      • Shiva June 19, 2017

        Thanks. But I also thinking bout D-Link DIR 868L or Asus RT AC55UHP. I live in Condo. Im going to fix this in my room. Which one of these will be a best?
        Appreciate your suggestions as well.

        • blacktubi June 21, 2017

          Spec wise, the 868L is slightly better. Feature wise, it is much better on RT-AC55UHP. I prefer the Asus.

  2. James June 17, 2017

    Saw on Lowyat.net that new VDSL2 Unifi subscribers are now provided with all-in-one VDSL2 modem + wireless router in one box.

    Looks like such users need a guide on configuring the box in bridge mode (possibly the VLAN tagging/trunking configuration too) to work with these replacement routers.

    • blacktubi June 18, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestion. I will do a guide like this soon.

  3. Chow June 12, 2017

    Can u recommend an affordable router that supports UNIFI 50MBPS? Thank you so much. Not a tech savvy here sorry.

    • blacktubi June 16, 2017

      I recommend Asus RT-AC55UHP.

  4. Mohamed Ridza June 11, 2017

    I upgraded to 50Mbps recently. TM replaced my router with TP LINK ARCHER 5 AC1200 router. Everything works fine except I have issue connecting to banking sites when using android devices. Nope it’s not the android device coz it works fine when using 4G. Same goes to playstation network (PSN). When I use the TP LINK AC1200, it just will not connect to PSN and I change to my previous router, everything works fine including banking (using android devices). Using new router, banking however works fine when using IOS but PSN still will not connect giving network issue code. Can anyone help?

    • blacktubi June 18, 2017

      Try manually enabling UPNP.

  5. Norizan bin Hassan June 11, 2017

    Hi , recently I just bought a TP-LINK AC750 Wireless Dual Band 4G LTE Router . My intention is to get high-speed Internet access inside my house using 4G . But sad to say that I could not get a strong 4G signal inside my house eventhough the 4G Tower is about 400 meters from my house . So , I decided to shelf off the idea . My SONY Xperia Z Ultra 4G smartphone do not have a single bar of 4G LTE signal inside my house . As a result , my TP-LINK AC750 Wireless Dual Band 4G LTE Router is lying idle inside my house .
    My question is , can I use the TP-LINK AC750 4G LTE Router as a Router replacement for UniFi ? I had spent some time to make it work with UniFI by replicating the settings from the existing UniFI Router (L7 Networks L7-N-R2000) but not successful . It would be great if the TP-LINK AC750 4G LTE Router could work with UniFI because that Router has a 802.11 ac transmitter as compared to UniFI Router which only had 802.11n . In fact TP-LINK Service Centre at Low Yatt Plaza told me that my 4G LTE Router cannot work with UniFI but I was hoping , if there is a workaround in hardware or software so that we can force the 4G LTE Router to work with UniFI .
    Looking forward for your reply when you are free . Thanks .

    • blacktubi June 18, 2017

      No you can’t as the LTE series do not come with VLAN.

  6. Jason June 7, 2017

    I am thinking of getting Tp-link WDR 8620 from China. Will it work on Unifi?

    • blacktubi June 9, 2017

      No, it doesn’t come with Unifi support. Get it from a local distributor.

  7. FS Chan June 5, 2017

    Can you advise the step by step how to flash with OpenWRT
    I intend to buy a Xiaomi router to replace existing unifi router.
    Thanks

    • blacktubi June 9, 2017

      We don’t have plans to do that in the short term as it differs from model to model and I do not have the hardware.

  8. Bryan Eng June 4, 2017

    Hi, Thanks for the great share.

    By any chance would you know whether this would work with UniFi?
    https://amplifi.com/

    • blacktubi June 9, 2017

      I would love to try it but for now I doubt it comes with VLAN support.

  9. IAN LEE June 3, 2017

    Hi, there! Would like to know, which mid-range brand N model which is “value-for-money” & stable performance router on 300Mbps, UniFi compatible…..?? Many thanks!!

    • blacktubi June 9, 2017

      I would recommend TP-LINK TL-WR841HP or TL-WR941HP. They offer a great value for the money.

      • Ian Lee June 9, 2017

        Thanks my friend for your invaluable advise & input.
        Appreciate it!

  10. Iskandar A. M. June 3, 2017

    Hi,

    I do hope you can help me out. Recently I bought an Archer C1200 to replace the old Huawei unifi router. Setup was quite straightforward. I managed to get more than 50mbps download speed on the 5Ghz band. However, the upload speed more or less 0mbps. I have checked using LAN cable, the download and upload speeds are more the 50mbps and 20mbps respectively.

    So, how do I fix this wireless uploading speed?

    Thanks.

    • blacktubi June 9, 2017

      Could it be a bug with speedtest.net as I do face the issues before. Try uploading pictures to a cloud provider or upload videos to Youtube.

      • Iskandar A. M. June 9, 2017

        I don’t think it’s a bug issue with speedtest. However, the upload speed do somewhat improved when I changed the channel width and channel no. from Auto to some other value chosen randomly. Need to do several trial and error. I’m surprised the Auto function doesn’t work.

        • blacktubi June 11, 2017

          Certain channels are more congested than others, but it shouldn’t be totally 0. Glad you manage to fix it.

  11. Jane May 28, 2017

    Hi blacktubi,

    Would my RTAC68u that I brought from the UK be compatible with unifi?

    • blacktubi May 28, 2017

      Yes, it will be fully compatible.

  12. Zehn May 25, 2017

    I got new router last month and it was burnt yesterday, is there counter service allow me to do replacement rather than log the report and wait the Techinician to come as I am working from home , internet is very important to me

    • blacktubi May 25, 2017

      Try and use some other power adapter if you have any. They have to follow their SOP.

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