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. Hi BT Team.

    Your website really helps so many questions about wifi and routers.

    I would like u to do a review on a less famous brand named Prolink PRC3801 Wireless AC1200 MU-MIMO
    Dual-Band Gigabit Router. It has many features such as MU-MIMO, Beamforming, Band Steering Capable (I don’t know what the heck it’s about…) but it seems a promising device though.

    the price is around rm2xx only.

    try that a look.

    thanks!!

  2. Hello Mr Alvyn Ong, I have 500mbps unifi turbo and would like to upgrade my router. Do you recommend buying Tenda AC18 as it seem a bang for buck and does it a big difference (level of difficulty) to setup the router than the brand you recommend ( tp-link,asus, d-link)

  3. The unifi tech team have just upgraded my turbo boost with their D-Link DIR-842. Previously I was using Asus RT-AC55UHP. Which one is better? Should I change back to Asus?

  4. Hi Alvin,

    I am currently subscribed to Unifi’s 500Mbps plan and unfortunately the router (C1200) that they provide isn’t offering sufficient coverage throughout every corner of my house. Could you kindly recommend a decent router with wide coverage, as well as the support for at least 500Mbps? Thanks!

  5. Interesting conversation with TM Unifi. They Turbo-ed my internet to 500mbps, told me to upgrade my modem and router with the option of purchasing from them or getting it for free by signing a contract for 2 years.

    However when I inquired about the models of their modem and router, they replied, ‘Sorry, the modem and router model is depends on the stock availability with technician team. We’re unable to confirm on that.’

    How can they not know what models of modem and routers they are providing? Can someone enlighten me on why they do not know what they have as their ‘support’ is not helpful at all and does anyone have any info on their ‘new’ modem and router so I can decide if its worth the purchase from them (or getting from other brands) or make a new contract with them. I’m kinda a noob whith router and modem stuff.

    1. The installation is outsourced and not all contractors receive the same batch of wireless router. Just buy your own router. The routers they provide aren’t that good to begin with.

  6. Hi, Good day ! I m using Turbo Upgraded 500 Mbps with TP Link AC1200 stock from unifi 2 years ago.My question is :
    a. Shall i change my router to TP Link Archer C6? as my present wifi speed test only 60-65 Mbps.
    Thank you sifu.

      1. Thanks for reply, i can’t wait as the price i bought yesterday TPLink C6 RM200 with Cat6 cable free..FYI Unifi has shortchange my speed with Turbo 500Mbps Upgraded with speed 60-70Mbps Lan connection, after reset port yesterday, now speed touches 500-600Mbps.

  7. Hi bos,

    between D-Link DIR-842 and TP-link Archer C6 which one is better?

    both are on the same price range… except Dlink got extra antenna ..hehe..

      1. oh yea..didn’t realized some1 had asked u same question.
        anyway thanks for answering my question too.

        1 more question for sifu here..
        I got an offer for Asus AC66U ..is it better? from the price wise, it much more expensive than those 2 earlier….

        Thanks!

          1. Hi Alvyn,

            Thank you for you amazing review on many router. I need you advice on my setup to get whole house cover with Wifi-5GHz.

            I have Unifi turbo to 300Mbps, with DIR-842 setup and able to get good speed on Wifi-5GHz in the same room.

            The DIR-842 router was setup at 2nd floor, so there is zero Wifi-5GHz signal at 1st floor, any suggestion how to get the Wifi-5GHz for whole house?

            1. It’s either you purchase a mesh WiFi system or wire your home with Ethernet cable and run another AP on the first floor.

  8. Hi,

    Any recommendation for a router that support Unifi 300Mbps and the coverage is good for the entire standard double store terrace house ?

    Shall I change to a single router that can cover the whole house or can I add in an extender router to extend the signal from the Unifi stock router (D-Link AC1200) ?

    1. I recommend you changing your wireless router and observe further. The provided D-Link is rather weak
      For router I recommend TP-Link Archer C6.

  9. Hi, I got upgraded to 300mbps currently using dlink 850l.Rather poor coverage and crappy router Was thinking to switch to dir 878.What you suggest ,or go for tp link

    1. DIR-878 is a great router with decent coverage. The TP-Link model that is better than DIR-878 will probably be the Archer C2300.

  10. Greetings Mr Alvyn Ong.

    I would like to check with you, I’m currently using Unifi 800mbps with Archer C7 (v2) router. No matter how I configure it, it will still show max 200mbps instead of 800mbps. Your review for this router was it can goes up to 500mbps. Is it because this was the older version?

    Second question. If my current Archer C7 (v2) doesn’t support the speed of 800mbps, then I’m looking to buy Asus RT-AC88U or Archer C5400X Gaming. But does both of this router able to work well with Deco M9 Plus as extender? I wonder how should I set it up so my entire house would have strong Wi-Fi of 800mbps. Your advice is highly appreciated, thanks!

    1. Hello there, the Archer C7 you have is an older variant which does not support the higher speed. If you want 800Mbps reliably in your entire home over WiFi, I believe no router can do that right now. 🙁

      But, the RT-AC88U and Archer C5400X can provide rather good speed and coverage compared to the Archer C7 but they cannot work with the Deco M9.

      1. Thank you Mr Alvyn Ong for your quick reply. I was keep checking on my emails for your reply and eventually visited your site and saw the reply here instead. 😀

        I thinking of getting RT-AC88U or C5400X and work together Deco M9 due to level 2 coverage was way too weak. But all those setup cost over thousand ringgit, so probably I’ll just get Asus RT-AC88U for now as I did some research last night, the review said that router able to support built-in VPN services. So I’m going to switch to other countries IP all the times. Thanks a lot for your advice Mr Alvyn Ong!

        By the way, TM does not provide free router?

        1. If you require VPN, I would recommend the RT-AC86U. The RT-AC86U comes with a newer processor which should accelerate VPN connection more effectively. And you can actually purchase another Asus router with AiMesh to expand the coverage in the future.

          TM does provide free router but the performance is just good enough for a small apartment.

  11. Hi there! I just got my turbo upgrade 500mbps, The existing router got changed to a D-Link(not sure about the model) given by TM.

    I have an existing Linksys EA9200, no matter how I try to set it up, it can’t connect to the internet.

    Could you please assist!!

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