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.

1,052 thoughts on “Unifi Router Replacement Guide – Ready for Turbo?”

  1. Hi there, what is the best option for router for 500mbps connection and got super wifi connection. As i check TP link archer c6 support 300mbps for 2.4ghz only.unifi give 2.4ghz or 5ghz..hope can give more comment on this

  2. Hi, if mainly using wifi , will you still recommed tplink archer c6 for unifi 500mbps package ? As i noticed that from internet that archer c6 is not support unifi 500 mbps .Thanks in advance

  3. Good Morning,

    Do you have a good recommendation for High gain USB adapter for unifi 800Mbps?

    Your POV is highly appreciated.

  4. Good Day Sir,

    i Currently have the 800Mbps and about to buy the Archer C6, can you recommend a good dual band Usb Wifi Adapter for Desktop. Condition that occurs is Usb adaptor and router is block by a wall and cupboards and is about 5 meters apart.

    Your recommendation and POV is highly appreciated.

  5. hi ,
    my modem were the oldest one (white) n router r dir615(orange/white) . they said the problem of slow n lagged internet mostly arise from router as it only support 2.4Ghz n mostly newer hp n laptop pc nowadays r 5Ghz .
    will it be more smooth unifi speed if i upgrade my router ?
    internet games were still slow/lagging on hp n pc/ laptop using unifi upgraded package
    any suggestion for router to buy for better speed n coverage for budget ?
    thks a lot

    1. Yes, it will be a lot better. Get either the Archer C6, DIR-867 or Archer C2300. These 3 are my favorite budget router

  6. Hi Alvyn,

    I going to upgrade to unify turbo 800mbps. Currently using RT-AC55UHP.

    Planing to change to RT-ACRH17 AC1700. Can it support?

  7. Hello, Alvin,

    I am using Unifi 100 Mbps package and need some advice, earlier, my old Asus RT-AC68U was running smoothly but then thunder causing the router input port from unifi modem to kaput. So, TM technician plug in a new DIR-842 unit but I am having problem linking my CCTV recorder to this new unit (previously under Asus unit has no problem) though the internet is running fine now. The DDNS setup in the new Dlink unit is ok but cannot access the recorder ( I set a static internal ip for this) neither thru pinging nor video software. I am think of buying another router and setup the internet, DDNS and virtual server (port forwarding) things. Should I go back to Asus (a bit expensive) or some other brand/model ? Your expert feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Just get another Asus router. Their firmware is by far the best in the industry and the only brand I will get if I need advanced features. Skip the headache with Asus.

  8. hi,
    tm has upgraded my speed to 800mbps now.the problem is the speed is slow n always buffering n takes a long time to connect.current router is TP link AC1200 archer C5.should i change to other router.which model.pls advise.Tqsm

  9. got turbo-ed last night, and today i’ve done research about my case, using RG-Maritime, hit up tm chat, didn’t help any for me to get my router change. got a few look into the routers you’ve listed and i can’t get over the prices.

    looked into tenda on shopee. prices are good! it would be helpful if you could list down tenda routers on here too. that would help us a lot! which Tenda would you rec’d for 500mbps unifi?

    appreciate the help!

  10. Hi Alvin – Thanks for the valuable info. I was on the phone with TM yesterday and they told me apparently its my modem which needs to be changed and doesn’t support the turbo speed upgrade. I am now on 500Mbps.
    Apparently their technicians will be changing it for me without any cost since its within the warranty period of the Modem. The router i’m using is the one provided by them. Its the black one with 4 antennas. Just a bit puzzled cause they said for me its the Modem and not the Router…….

  11. Hi, my current unifi speed has been upgraded to 500mbps.

    My existing router is d-link 850L. Tm offer replacement (with cost) to d-link DIR842.

    What would be your recommendation?
    Should I keep existing?
    Accept the replacement?
    Or get a new one? If new one, what model and approximately how much is it?

    Thanks!

    1. I suggest you just buy your own router. It could be cheaper and you do not need to extend the contract. TP-Link Archer C6 and D-Link DIR-867 are 2 affordable options

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