How to Setup TP-Link Unifi Router?

TP-Link Unifi Router Setup Guide

A lot of Unifi users in probably face issues such as unstable wireless connection and poor WiFi coverage. It is normally caused by the cheap router supplied by TM unable to work properly when you stay in a big property. With that, you can opt for a replacement router with better hardware to improve the wireless coverage and performance. 

TP-Link is a well known company in the consumer networking space. They produce some really good routers and being rather affordable at the same time. TP-Link also improved a lot recently with a much better firmware and good Unifi compatibility. We will show you how to configure TP-Link Unifi routers in this article. For more TP-Link Unifi routers and their comparison, check our our Unifi router buyer’s guide here.

This article is applicable to the most if not all TP-Link models sold in Malaysia:

Unifi PPPOE details

Sample Unifi PPPOE details:

  • Username: [email protected]
  • Password: Fd3csFSfksxdew (Case-sensitive random string of characters)

The Unifi PPPOE username and password is required in order to connect to the Unifi network. So, please contact TM customer service before starting the configuration to obtain your Unifi PPPOE username and password. It is not the same as the WiFi password. You will need to be the owner as well.

Keep a pen ready when calling them as the password is quite long and complicated. It ic case sensitive as well. 

Connecting the router

TP-Link Unifi Router Connection

Once the PPPOE details is ready, we can proceed to the actual configuration. Your new TP-Link wireless router will be connected directly to the Unifi modem. I included a picture above to show how you should connect your new router. You may have a different modem and router but the connection is the same.

The WAN port of the TP-Link router should be connected to the LAN 1 of the TM modem. Next, connect the HyppTV device to the LAN1 port of your TP-Link wireless router.


Configuring the Unifi router

Step 1: Connect to the router

Power on the TP-Link router and connect it to your computer. I recommend using a computer but using a phone is possible as well. You can either use an Ethernet cable to any of the LAN ports or use the wireless connection. The default WiFi name is labeled on the wireless router. 

Step 2: Navigate to the configuration page

Open any browser on your computer and navigate to and you shall see this page below

Step 3: Create a new admin password

The router will advice you to create a new admin password. Make sure you write it down as we will need it. 

Step 4: Select the time zone

Select the right time zone. It is GMT +8 for Malaysia. This is needed for the router to determine the time correctly. 

Step 5: Select the Internet connection type

This step consist of 3 more steps and make sure you follow them all.
  1. Select PPPOE as the internet connection type
  2. Expand the additional  ISP settings
  3. Select Malaysia-Unifi
TP-Link Unifi Setup

Step 6: Insert the PPPOE username and password

Key in the PPPOE username and password you obtained from TM in this screen. Remember that the password is case sensitive.

Step 7: Configure the wireless connection

Insert the name of your desired wireless connection and insert your desired password here. 

Step 8: Verify the summary

The router will show you a summary of what is configured. Make sure everything is correct and save the configurations.

Step 9: Apply the new configurations

The configuration part is now completed and the wireless router will reboot.

TP-Link Unifi Setup

Step 10: Complete and testing

After the reboot, you can connect to the Internet using the wireless name that you just configured. Check if the Internet and HyppTV is working properly. You may proceed to my troubleshooting guide if you face any issues. 

Do perform a speedtest and see if the performance is satisfactory.


UI shows connected but unable to browse

If the firmware interface shows that you are actually connected to TM network and you have an IP, check if you use the correct PPPOE username and password. A wrong PPPOE username and password can let you to connect to TM network but without Internet access.

HyppTV is not working

If you face issues with HyppTV but Internet is working, check if the HyppTV is connected to LAN 1 as only the port can work for HyppTV.

83 thoughts on “How to Setup TP-Link Unifi Router?”

  1. Hey, blacktubi.

    I have a C1200 provided by TM. It kept freezing every day. But after disabling NAT, it kinda went smooth since. I’ve also disabled QOS, but worried it will be the same. What’s your experience? Was it wrong in the first place to enable NAT?

    1. That router is kinda old actually. Disabling NAT is fine as long as you don’t use anything that requires port forwarding.

  2. Hi Alvyn Ong,

    Nice website full of excellent information for those who a noob like meh. hehe

    from your reviews here Archer C6/A6 is the best value Wifi Routers available.
    I would like to know your expertise experience on TP-Link Model WDR 7400
    saw market price around RM3xx-RM4xx

    is it good and value for money?

    Thanks! Keep it up!

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