TM is upgrading their Unifi users to faster speed in phase recently. With the free speed upgrade, many users wonder why their speed is slow especially the WiFi even after they received the free upgrade. One of the reasons is due to your existing Unifi router is incapable to support the new upgraded speed.
All Unifi installation comes with 2 devices, an ONU and a wireless router. The ONU or better 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 serves as a reference to see which router you should purchase based on your subscribed plan. I have included 3 biggest brands in Malaysia and I will add more in the future. The suggested plan column is determined for the best experience based on the WiFi ability of the router. The LAN speed column is the maximum speed the router can support.
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
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 routers are fully compatible with Unifi. They are rather affordable for the performance their devices can deliver. All new TP-Link models are compatible with Unifi. You may select your model based on your subscribed.
You can refer to my guide on how to setup TP-Link Unifi router here.
Model Suggested Plan LAN speed WiFi Specification External Antenna Retail Price Archer C5400X Gaming 800Mbps 941Mbps AC5400 8 TBD Archer C5400 800Mbps 941Mbps AC5400 8 RM1299 Archer C3150 800Mbps 941Mbps AC3150 4 RM799 Archer C9 500Mbps WIP AC1900 3 RM565 Archer C7 500Mbps WIP AC1750 3 RM409 Archer C1200 300Mbps WIP AC1200 3 RM299 Archer C50 100Mbps 100Mbps AC1200 2 RM209 Archer C20 100Mbps 100Mbps AC750 3 RM169 TL-WR941HP <100Mbps 100Mbps N450 3 RM225 TL-WR841HP <100Mbps 100Mbps N300 2 RM169
Do note that HyppTV do not work on Deco mesh series but Internet is working properly.
Asus Unifi Router
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.
|Model||Suggested Plan||WiFi Specification||LAN Speed||External Antenna||Price Range|
|Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Gaming||800Mbps||AC5300||941Mbps||8||~ RM2500|
|Asus Blue Cave||800Mbps||AC2600||941Mbps||4 Internal|
|RT-AC66U B1||300Mbps||AC1750||941Mbps||3||~ RM700|
|RT-AC1300UHP||300Mbps||AC1300||~500Mbps||4 x 5dBi||~ RM550|
|RT-N14UHP||100Mbps||N300||100Mbps||3 x 9dBi||~ RM300|
|RT-N12HP||100Mbps||N300||100Mbps||2 x 9dBi||~ RM300|
D-Link Unifi Router
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.
|Model||Wireless Specification||External Antenna||Ethernet Port||Price Range||Remark|
|DIR-895L||AC5300||8||4 x Gigabit||~ RM1500|
|DIR-890L||AC3200||6||4 x Gigabit||~ RM1200|
|DIR-885L||AC3150||4||4 x Gigabit||~ RM1000|
|DIR-880L||AC1900||3||4 x Gigabit||~ RM600|
|DIR-868L||AC1750||Internal||4 x Gigabit||~ RM600|
|DIR-850L||AC1200||Internal||4 x Gigabit||~ RM300|
|DIR-816L||AC750||2||4 x Fast||~ RM220|
|DIR-619L||N300||3||4 x Fast||~ RM200|
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.