Unifi Replacement Router

Unifi Router Replacement Guide – Ready for Turbo?

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Unifi Router Buyer's Guide

This page is a product summary of wireless routers in Malaysia. TM is upgrading their Unifi users to faster speed recently. Many users wonder why their WiFi speed is slow 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 known as the modem is non-user replaceable and it comes with a lifetime warranty by TM. There are many wireless routers you can buy in the market but not all of them are compatible with Unifi. Unifi require a router to have VLAN tagging feature for the Internet and HyppTV to work.

We included these columns to help your decision making in deciding which router to buy

  • Suggested plan – This is made based on our testing the maximum WiFi speed the router can deliver.
  • Maximum Internet speed – This is made based on our testing of the maximum Internet speed the router can support over wired LAN.
  • Beamforming – Beamforming generally help in improving the coverage on Wireless AC devices.
    MU-MIMO – 

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

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 Internet speedRetail Price
Archer C5400X GamingAC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM1499
Archer C5400AC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM1499
Archer C4000AC4000800MbpsTBDTBD
Archer C3150AC3150800Mbps941MbpsRM799
Archer C2300AC2300800MbpsTBDRM679
Deco M9 Plus MeshAC2200500Mbps800MbpsRM999
Archer C9AC1900500MbpsTBDRM499
Deco M5 MeshAC1300300Mbps800MbpsRM719
Archer C7/ A7AC1750500Mbps800MbpsRM409
Archer C6/ A6AC1200300Mbps941MbpsRM409
Archer C1200AC1200300MbpsTBDRM299

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.

1,026 thoughts on “Unifi Router Replacement Guide – Ready for Turbo?”

  1. Alvin, will the below be compatible with UNIFI 100Mbps, 500Mbps turbo:

    TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router – Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router, 802.11ac Internet Router, Wireless routers for home(Archer C7)

  2. I bought dlink dir 867 router for my 300 mbps unifi and sucessful setup wifi but my unifitv blank did not work how to solve the problem please help.

  3. hi alvyn, thank you for posting this article up. i am currently on the 100mbps unifi plan (an upgrade from 10mbps previously) and tm has just replaced my older router (802.11g) with their brand new free router. before they replaced my older router, i was only able to reach about 80mbps on a wired connection but thanks to tm, i can easily reach 100mbps even on wireless.

    having said that, i noticed that coverage seems to be much weaker than my previous router. i live in a double storey terrace house and my router is located at the back part of the house. i tried connecting the laptop on the 5ghz network at my parents’ room which is located upstairs at the front part of the house but failed doing so. however, i did manage to connect on the 2.4ghz network but can only reach at most 15mbps.

    based on my current situation, would replacing the unifi router with a router which you recommended in the article (say, an archer c6) provide me with a better signal coverage? i am not so well-versed with routers so your advice is much appreciated. i look forward to hearing from you shortly.

    1. Hi there, the Archer C6 will definitely help. Having full house 5Ghz coverage may be harder as 5Ghz is known for poor wall penetration.

  4. I just bought a dir882 yesterday and managed to setup to get unifi 800mbps.
    However, even after upgrading the firmware, I find that it tends to reboot itself from time to time.
    Was wondering if it’s because of unifi reset the connection periodically causing dlink router to reboot or is it a faulty router or is there some tweaks I could do?
    Have emailed dlink support awaiting their reply
    Any advice appreciated

  5. Dilresh Singh Bal

    Hi,
    At 1st TM gave TP Link Acher c5 AC1200, been a pain in butt for 2 years with frequent disconnection and slow speed.

    Now my unifi is turbo-ed to 500mbps, the TM tech suggest i should upgrade the router to Archer C1200 (3 antennas). So i did, which in turn a big mistake. Past 3 days the wifi connection keeps disconnecting, Lan speed was bad… than finally today, the whole day wifi signal was down, only Lan wired was working. I am so feed up with this crappy TM is providing to us.

    Can you please suggest which router to get that gives less headaches & enjoy the internet for once. I am living in a bungalow house… need coverage if possible.

    Thank you for your time and answer… much appreciate.

  6. Im currently using Archer C2, always have unstable connection and usually lost connection when i go downstairs. Thinking of buying new router. I live in 2 storey terrace approx 3,000sf. Any recommendation ?

      1. What is the different between mesh and range extender ? Appreciate of tou could provide me few recommendation on which brand i should use 🙂 thank you :))

  7. Now tm upgrade my speeds from 100mbps to turbo 500mbps..my router is dlink dir-850l..i think is not support to 500mbps..if u recomended which router better for support 500mbps..

  8. is it not possible to replace the ONU (where the fiber terminates) with another device that also acts was wifi router + ONU? i got bumped to 300M but only getting around 50M….Unifi tech told me to get CAT 5e cable to enjoy up to 300M…but im using wifi, so the tech is going to open a ticket to find out why their wifi router doesnt support above 50-100M…..there’s a cable connecting the ONU to wifi router/TP Archer C1200. i dont think this is a CAT 5e cable. what wifi router (with Unifi 300M) do you think i should get if i can only replace the wifi device? i need strong signals and i tend to play lots of online games (steam).thank you

    1. Make sure all cables are CAT6 including the one between the TP-Link and the modem. For router replacement, you can consider Archer C6.

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