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Unifi Router Buyer's Guide in 2021

If you use Unifi at your home, you are probably not so happy with the speed and stability of the WiFi network. That’s because TM is still a business and they cannot give an expensive router while remain profitable. But, luckily, TM doesn’t stop you from buying your own router.

While the router provided by TM isn’t too bad, they have slower CPU and weaker WiFi coverage. This means they aren’t very good if you stay in a bigger home or if you have more WiFi devices at home. Thus, in this article, I will show you some WiFi routers that I’ve tested that will recommend for you to upgrade your home WiFi router.

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⚠️ This guide is only intended for Unifi Fibre users!

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Unifi Fibre Equipment Overview

All Unifi Fibre installation come with 2 devices which is the fibre modem and WiFi router. The Fibre modem comes with lifetime warranty from TM and it is non-user replaceable. But, don’t worry as the WiFi router rarely breaks down and it performs well. What we will be focussing is the WiFi router part which will impact all your home networking performance.

Unifi Router Brands

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. 

TP-Link Unifi Router

TP-LINK

TP-Link routers are fully compatible with Unifi. TP-Link offers really good value for money as their routers are usually cheaper while delivering the same level of performance compared to their competitors. They offer a 3 years warranty on all their networking products.

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

ModelWiFi SpecificationSuggested PlanBeamformingMU-MIMOMaximum NAT speedRetail Price
Archer C5400X GamingAC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM1499
Archer C5400AC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM949
Archer C4000AC4000800Mbps941MbpsRM999
Archer C3150AC3150800Mbps941MbpsRM799
Archer C2300AC2300800Mbps941MbpsRM639
Deco M9 Plus MeshAC2200500Mbps800MbpsRM999
Archer A10AC2600800Mbps941MbpsRM639
Archer A9AC1900500Mbps941MbpsRM439
Archer C9AC1900500Mbps941MbpsRM469
Deco M5 MeshAC1300500Mbps800MbpsRM439
Deco M4 MeshAC1200300Mbps800MbpsRM399
Archer C7/ A7AC1750500Mbps800MbpsRM312
Archer C6/ A6AC1200300Mbps941MbpsRM209
Archer C1200AC1200300MbpsTBDRM279

Do note that HyppTV do not work on their Deco mesh series of products but Internet is working properly. 

Asus Unifi Router

ASUS

Asus is another well known brand in the wireless router industry. They are slightly more expensive but they have really solid performance and the AsusWRT firmware offers the most comprehensive set of features. Asus also pioneer their AiMesh technology which allows you to use several compatible Asus routers to form a high performance mesh network. Asus routers come with 3 years of warranty in Malaysia. 

You can refer to my guide on how to setup Asus Unifi router here.

ModelWiFi SpecsSuggested PlanAiMeshBFMU-MIMOMaximum Internet SpeedPrice Range
RT-AX88UAX6000800Mbps941MbpsUnreleased
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 GamingAC5300800Mbps941MbpsRM2489
RT-AC5300AC5300800Mbps941MbpsRM2209
RT-AC88UAC3100800Mbps941MbpsRM1809
Asus Blue CaveAC2600800Mbps941MbpsRM1099
RT-AC68UAC1900500Mbps850MbpsRM1039
Lyra Trio MeshAC1750500Mbps850MbpsRM1579
Lyra MeshAC2200500Mbps850MbpsRM999
RT-AC66U B1AC1750300Mbps941MbpsRM859
RT-AC1300UHPAC1300300Mbps~500MbpsRM569
RT-AC58UAC1300300Mbps~500MbpsRM479
RT-AC1200G+AC1200100Mbps~400MbpsRM449

D-Link Unifi Router

D-Link

You probably heard of D-Link before as they are one of the oldest brand selling networking gear in Malaysia. They also produce some really great networking equipment. New D-Link routers are fully compatible with Unifi. They are also rather affordable while delivering good performance. 

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

ModelWiFi SpecificationBeamformingMU-MIMOEthernet PortPrice
DIR-895LAC53004 x GigabitRM1599
DIR-882AC26004 x GigabitRM698
DIR-878AC19004 x GigabitRM518
DIR-867AC17504 x GigabitRM399
DIR-868LAC17504 x Gigabit
DIR-842AC12004 x GigabitRM289

Other Brands (Tenda, Netgear and etc)

There are also other brands in the market and most if not all Enterprise level gear can be configured to support Unifi. But, we do not include them in this list as they may be harder to configure for most users. 

Netgear is known for requiring manual setup of VLAN for it to work with Unifi.

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Hi, what do i do if all the light on my router does not light up even after i restart and everything and what could cause it like that?

Hi Blacktubi, Thank you for reviews on the Deco and Archer routers. Recently i’ve gotten upgrade from TM to 300mbps and they offered Deco M4. And i have connected Deco M4 to fibre modem. It was working fine for 2 days, then it just kept showing Red led light, like it’s bricked and there was no internet connection. Ive tried a few times but the problem keeps happening. Then i’ve reconnected the Deco to DIR-842 router (old one), and now using it as an access point. The Deco App especially during reboot mode, takes so long for rebooting. From my… Read more »

Thank you for your reply Blacktubi, enjoyed your reviews.

Hi blacktubi, Thank you for such a detailed review on these routers! I am currently subscribed to unifi 500mbps and are still using the black d-link wifi router that they gave me. Recently I purchased the house next to me and had setup a gaming room over there. I cant get any wifi signal in the room hence i purchased the deco m4 (2 pack) from unifi. I place one deco next to the router and the other one in that room, i can get 50-60 mbps of speed now but i would like to get higher speed since i… Read more »

Hi, which router is recommended to upgrage from my old Dlink EA08 for 2 storey house (2500 SF). Currently on 500mbps Unifi plan

I don’t have any knowledge about mesh WiFi system, can you suggest any best model/brand I can use.

Thank you for the advice

Using TP-Link C1200 for Unifi 300Mbps right now and I’m torn between changing it to TP-Link Archer AX20 or AX73, any advice?

Hi, I’m currently on 800 Mbps plan but never got the full speed since I’m using the standard router provided by them. The question is, should I get a router (Archer C5400) and increase the coverage via mesh (X90) or just use the mesh as a router itself and expand the coverage with multiple mesh? Thanks!

Thanks for the reply. I just set my X90 as router as PPPoE and it’s working fine. But somehow I couldn’t use the Ethernet cable with my X90 (router unit). What setting should I change?

Maybe I should add that I connected the 2.5 Gbps port on the main X90 deco to the modem and tried to connect my laptop to the other 1 Gbps port. It says that there’s no internet connection on my laptop. Any specific setting that I should do/change on my X90?

Hi! I’m currently subscribed to Unifi 100mbps plan and is currently using the router that they provided which is the Dlink DIR842 C2.

I’m now thinking of upgrading my router to Tp Link Archer AX20/AX73 and since I am living in a double story house, I’m also considering of buying the tp link deco m5 to add more coverage.

Is this a wise choice to make? Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

Is Tp-link deco M4 works fine for UNIFI 100Mbps ? Double storey house. Thanks

Hi, im currently using Ax55 for my unifi 500Mbps with tplink re300 just to extend the connection to room near the back of the house. It is just that sometimes there is intermittency loss of connection. Could it be due to the wifi extender? Or is it stability of Ax55? Any recommendation?

Hi Blacktubi,

Im currently subscribed to 100mbps Unifi and having problem with lag or spike lag most of the time as well as half the speed I subscribed for. Reported numerous time and TM reps recommended to change the router after having tested that optical fiber is working fine and TM router may be the caused. I’m living in a double storey house. Any recommendations that can solve the lag issues? Budget Rm500 below of whichever that can solve the lag issues. Thanks.

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