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How to Set Up Unifi on Asus Router

This is a quick and simple guide on how to configure Unifi to work on Asus router. This guide will work with both Unifi Home and Unifi Biz. Please ensure your model is compatible with Unifi before you proceed. You can refer to my list here.

This guide is demonstrated with the Asus RT-AC87U but it should work for all Asus routers with ASUSWRT. The user interface and setup process should be similar on most Asus Unifi.

Preparation:

You need to have your Unifi PPPOE username and password as they are required when setting up a new router.  It can be obtained from the TM contractor who installs your Unifi connection or you can contact TM customer support. The username and password are required to configure the PPPOE connection. The username should be something like xxxxxx@unifi and the password will be some random character. They are case sensitive so make sure you key in them correctly.

Wiring Guide:

How to connect your new Unifi router.

Firstly, before you start, I recommend you to take a picture of your existing cable so you know how to fix it if somethng went wrong. If all is good, you can proceed to remove your old wireless router and connect your new Asus wireless router to the ONU (Optical Network Unit). Next, connect your HyppTV STB to the 4th LAN port of your new Asus router. It should be labelled with LAN4 on the back of the wireless router.

Unifi Configuration Guide:

Once you got your new wireless router properly connected, you can proceed to setup the firmware of the new wireless router.

1) Reset the router to factory state

If the wireless router is used previously, I suggest you reset the router to factory state to prevent any issues. You can skip this step if the router is brand new. You can do this by pressing the reset button for 5 seconds when it is powered on or click the factory default button on the WebUI. Your router will reboot at this point.

2) Visit the WebUI of your router

Step 1 configuration.

Once your router rebooted, navigate to the web interface of your router. The address should be 192.168.1.1. You will be greeted with this familiar Setup Wizard. Click the “Go” button to proceed to the next step.

3) Configure New Admin Password

Setup the admin password.

You should configure a secure admin password to prevent other unauthorised users from modifying the configuration. Write it down somewhere so you don’t forget it.

4) Auto-detection

Detect the connection automatically.

The router will detect the type of connection automatically now. The process should take less than 3 minutes.

5) Connection selection

Use PPPOE connection.

As this is a full replacement of TM provided router, PPPOE will be used. Therefore, select “Yes” when you are prompted with this page.

6) PPPOE and ISP Profile Configuration

Configure Unifi ID and password.

Insert your Unifi username and password you just obtained from TM into the respective field. Tick “Special Requirement from ISP” and Select Unifi-Home or Unifi-Biz depending on your Unifi subscription. If you are a home user, choose Unifi-Home.

7) Wireless Configuration

Configure wireless network.

You will be prompted to configure the wireless network now. Insert your desired wireless network name and password and click “Apply” when you are done. The router should reboot at this point.

8) TestingUnifi connected on Asus RT-AC87U.

If the procedures are being done properly, Unifi and HyppTV should work properly now. You should see the “Connected” indicator on the status page. If Unifi is still not working, check back and see if you have missed any step. Ensure your new wireless router is connected to the modem properly and you have a correct PPPOE username and password. You can contact Asus Networking Support here if you have any more issues with your new Asus router.

113 Comments

  1. KT Seow May 10, 2017

    Hi!
    I ordered the Asus RT-AC55uhp, went thru the setup, on the network map it says connected to the internet. However on my desktop, I can see the network connected but no internet connection. I plugged back my old dlink using the same cables and it works but not with the new Asus. Even my mobile phone connects via wifi but no internet connection. Verified the username and password for unifi to be correct. Appreciate you help in this matter

    • blacktubi May 14, 2017

      If it is connected but no internet connection, you probably get the PPPOE ID and password wrong.

  2. Jules April 15, 2017

    Anybody can recommend the best brand in regards to smartphone app for control of routers over Internet. Not local network. Previously was using dlink but the dlink app is not good. Now using Asus the app seems much better and more control. Also are these apps secure as you have to open a port on your router to enable them. Thanks a million.

    • blacktubi April 18, 2017

      Asus, it comes with HTTPS but I think you have to use it with the built-in Asus DDNS.

  3. iStorM March 28, 2017

    Thanks blacktubi.

    5minutes with this guide my RT-AC68U is blazing the WiFi air.

  4. Badrul March 25, 2017

    Hi Blacktubi,
    Nice post. Im currently setting up my asus RT-N12 D1. I follow all these steps. However I cannot go through the internet. Even tru cable and wireless.
    The router is not new. Its working before. But last night I decided to reset and reconfigure. But its going not the way i want it. I dont where im wrong this time. Pls help me. Thanks.

    • blacktubi March 26, 2017

      Make sure you got the username and password right and plugged to the right port on the ONU.

  5. RS March 21, 2017

    With this setup, is it possible to add additional access point + HyppTV STB? if not, any other option? additional device (Smart switch) need?

    New router Port 4 -> HyppTV STB 1
    New router Port 1 or 2 or 3 -> Asus RT-AC87U (Access Point Mode) -> HyppTV STB 2

    • blacktubi March 26, 2017

      The HyppTV run on a different VLAN so there’s no easy way to set it up.

  6. Danny March 21, 2017

    Any idea how to free up the LAN Port 4 (meant for HyppTV STB) for other devices?

    • blacktubi March 26, 2017

      Just use the Unifi Business profile.

  7. Edmund December 19, 2016

    Hi. Does it matter where I buy the router? My ac68u is from overseas and no matter what I try, I don’t see the special requirement from ISP option. Without it, I won’t be able to login to my unifi with the router. Cheers

    • blacktubi January 17, 2017

      It is fine. Asus routers have the same firmware universally.

  8. Gary November 25, 2016

    Hi, May I know whether the above router support the Unifi Biz 30 with 5 fixed IP. ?

    Could you please recommend some brand/model of router that can support Unifi Biz with one or more fixed IP ?

    Whether customized firmware able to support for certain model of router ?

    Thank.

    • blacktubi November 26, 2016

      Hi, I recommend getting an enterprise grade router for the full functionality. Check out Mikrotik routers.

    • Sia June 16, 2017

      I tried ASUS, can’t work. and later I try dLink DSL-2877AL with PPPoE UnNumbered enable. it work for 5 fixed IP.
      I also try to find others but all never mention PPPoE UnNumbered, even DLink itself also not mention about PPPoE UnNumbered function in their spec.

  9. kyng November 17, 2016

    Hi we are using a Asus RT n15u router

    everything is set up properly , and can be used, but sometimes the wifi will randomly be switched off and it seems the router will reset.

    We have the latest firmware , and we have also chosen the correct unifi biz under special requirement from iSP. username and password for the unifi is also input correctly

    do you know of such problems , is it because the router is not compatible?

    • blacktubi November 18, 2016

      Hi, the router is compatible. Router are prone to crashing if you have too many devices connected at once.

      • sky May 27, 2017

        hi, i bought my asus router from US. but i couldn’t find the “special ISP provider options “during the PPPOE setup.

        • blacktubi May 28, 2017

          What model you purchase?

          • sky May 28, 2017

            asus rt-ac5300, i just fixed it myself. thanks anyway. i couldnt find the special provider during the setup. After that , i found it on the iptv side.

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