Unifi Replacement Router

Unifi Router Replacement Guide 2019 – 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.

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Hanif

Hi there, I have been upgraded to the 500mbps and using my own bought Asus AC1200, however I’ve only managed to get around 100 mbps on 5GHz. what settings are I’m not doing right?

Henry
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Henry

Hi, I have unifi 800mbps and am staying in a triple story house. The router and modem is located on the 2nd floor. Any recommendations for a good performance router?

JohnKibin
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JohnKibin

hi bro….i wanted to change my old router which im already use since the first batch of unifi (2014 if not mistaken)….the old silver router from TM….today im went to TM center and they suggest me better to buy new router from outside retail……they suggest me to buy new router which they recommended is Asus and after buy need me to call 100 to ask they technician to set up it for me….anyway, my unifi is RM169 which is include the HYPPTV…..went to PC shop and they recommended to ASUS RT-N800HP…..really need ur opinion bro…. =) very noob about this… Read more »

faris azaman
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faris azaman

i have a 800mbps turbo unifi plan. so basically, the minimum specs that i need to get to squeeze 800mpbs internet speed is AC2300?

Jagthiswaran A/L Gunasegaran
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Jagthiswaran A/L Gunasegaran

Another question, seems I’m ready with to splash my cash on better product, to cover 2 unit ( I’m staying next door to my parent) in total of 3100sqft double storey, should I go for Asus Lyra Trio Mesh or TPLINK Deco M9 Plus Mesh??

Jagthiswaran A/L Gunasegaran
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Jagthiswaran A/L Gunasegaran

Which one is better??? Lyra Mesh or Lyra Trio Mesh. I’m subscribed to unifi 800mbps and trying to share my wifi range to next door (my parent living next door) in short, trying to cover 2xdouble storey house

Bong Joo Ching
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Bong Joo Ching

The DIR-895L is selling for RM799 currently. I plan to put my router in my living room, my unit is around 1300sqft. The distance from the router to the master bedroom and toilet would be around 15-16m. Would the DIR-895L be the best value for money purchase, or is there a better choice to go for at a much lower price point?

mshean
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mshean

If I am able to afford the Asus RT-AC88U. Is there any reason I should get it over TP-Link Archer C3150.
Set-up: Double story house with modem & router at upstairs. Unifi Turbo 800mbps. Only uses 1 or 2 lan ports to connect to PC & PS4. Others are mobile devices/tv box (6 to 7) over wifi.
Currently I have no problem getting full speed over wired lan on PC. It’s just that the mobile device over wifi are slow like hell. So I want to fix this by getting a better router.

Arsh
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Arsh

What’s the best TP Link and Asus router for Unifi 500 mbps budget below RM1k? And how much are you missing out by getting a TP Link router vs Asus router if both are the same price?

Shah
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Shah

HI Alvyn,

I’m torn apart between TP-Link C2300 vs D-Link DIR-882. Both are in same price range (+-) and on paper I believe Dlink has the advantage in term of WiFi speed and coverage. But on the otherhand, TP-Link has the best USB 3.0 speed as per your review.

What is your opinion on this?

Eric Tong
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Eric Tong

Howdy,

Planning to use google WiFi to replace Unifi’s provided crappy router.

Heard VLAN is required and it can get complicated?

Unless there’s other mesh network router that’s Malaysian Unifi friendly u can recommend

Khairul
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Khairul

Is it true that the Unifi’s provided router is ‘crappy’? and how better does the asus and tp-link router perform than the Unifi’s provided router?

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