Unifi Replacement Router

Unifi Router Replacement Guide 2019 – Ready for Turbo?


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 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 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
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 GamingAC5300800Mbps941MbpsRM2489
Asus Blue CaveAC2600800Mbps941MbpsRM1099
Lyra Trio MeshAC1750500Mbps850MbpsRM1579
Lyra MeshAC2200500Mbps850MbpsRM999
RT-AC66U B1AC1750300Mbps941MbpsRM859

D-Link Unifi Router


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.

1,076 thoughts on “Unifi Router Replacement Guide 2019 – Ready for Turbo?”

  1. Hi Alvyn,

    My unifi package turboed to 500mbps. TM replaced both modem and router – TP-Link Archer 1200. If I want to change the router to Asus, can the RT-AC1200G+ model support 500mbps? The current router I’m using supposedly support up to 300mbps but it can be used for 500mbps plan, according to the technician. I’m confused. My budget for new Asus router limited. tqvm

    1. I recommend getting at least the RT-AC1300UHP for 500Mbps. Asus routers are a bit more expensive but they are more stable.

  2. Great post. Thanks. Looking at the price of the router, it doesn’t make sense to have this upgrade. Most devices are wifi now, and it is really hard to get 800mbps on wifi even for the latest and greatest router you could get now. 5ghz band still got choppy connection compared to 2.4ghz.

  3. Hi Alvyn,

    My unifi package has been turbo-ed to 500mbps.

    My current TM stock router only can deliver maximum 100mbps for wifi connection. So, can both Archer C6 / DIR-867 deliver maximum wifi speed up to / nearly to 500mbps? One more, can both routers connect to my android box?


      1. Hello,
        Any suggestion for semi d house router? Coz with the current dir 850 unifi router i can’t even streaming in my room on the second floor.. less than 100mbps.

  4. hi bro,im about to receive unifi turbo speed upgrade(300mbps),should i upgrade the router for that?currently im using dlink dir 845 provided by team.waiting for you reply,anyway good post bro.👍

  5. Hi Alvyn

    Mine has been upgraded to 300mbps. Using what TM provided during installation last time.

    Router Dlink DIR 842 C2
    Modem Huawei Echolife HG8240H

    do I need to upgrade to get the 300mbps speed? Or change any settings? Current speed test same as before


  6. Hi I just got turboed to 800mbps. Which are the cheapest router that I should have to support the speed? Thanks in advance.

    1. Even the cheap TP-Link Archer C6 can support this speed over LAN but if you are looking at WiFi, you need Asus routers.

  7. Dear Alvyn,

    I just got the 500mpbs turbo plan upgrade. Aside from the router, which I’m looking at the TP Link Archer C9, do we have to take note of the modem? The current modem I have is the Huawei Echolife HG850a, and I’m not sure whether its up to the task for 500mbps. Your input is very much appreciated on this side!

    Yee Kang

    1. I not sure if the HG850a can support 500Mbps but you can test it. I recommend the C2300 and skip the C9. The C2300 is miles ahead of C9.

  8. Hi Alvin

    My current stock router from TM for my unifi is DIR-850L. TM have upgraded my package to turbo package which i believe 500mbps

    Do i need to upgrade the router for optimization?

    Please advise thanks

  9. Hi there, my unifi has been upgraded to 800mbps, may i know which mesh wifi router model would you reccomend.

    I need the mesh wifi routers to cover up to 2 storey 3000sqf of space.

  10. Unifi technician came by today to check on wifi connection. checked on fibre optic and changed huawei modem to the latest one. however , when he tested the connection using lan cable, speed can reached up to 500mbps. But then when i got home and used my lan cable, speed only went up to 100mbps. when i was on wifi 5 ghz it was 198mbps. any solution on this ? or my lan cable is the problem ?

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