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Unifi Router Replacement Guide 2020 – 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 NAT speedRetail Price
Archer C5400X GamingAC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM1499
Archer C5400AC5400800Mbps941MbpsRM949
Archer C4000AC4000800Mbps941MbpsRM999
Archer C3150AC3150800Mbps941MbpsRM799
Archer C2300AC2300800Mbps941MbpsRM639
Deco M9 Plus MeshAC2200500Mbps800MbpsRM999
Archer A10AC2600800Mbps941MbpsRM639
Archer A9AC1900500Mbps941MbpsRM439
Archer C9AC1900500Mbps941MbpsRM469
Deco M5 MeshAC1300500Mbps800MbpsRM439
Deco M4 MeshAC1200300Mbps800MbpsRM399
Archer C7/ A7AC1750500Mbps800MbpsRM312
Archer C6/ A6AC1200300Mbps941MbpsRM209
Archer C1200AC1200300MbpsTBDRM279

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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Chan

hi, Alwyn. I am on a Unifi 500 mbps package and using their stock TP link router, which is very disappointing in performance. I have narrowed down my choices to either the TP-LINK Deco M5 AC1300 Mesh (2 units) or the Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 (used as a pair) for a double storey house around 4k sqft. Could I seek you opinion which is a more suitable set to decide on, if I typically have about 6 devices, and only 1 is used for gaming? Thank you

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Philzan

Hi Alvyn,
Am on unifi 300mbps speed. Which router from tplink is best for strong wifi signal (default router from tm not very good signal especially on 2nd floor of the house) and support port for hyptv?

Ryuzaki
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Ryuzaki

Hai Alvyn, im newbie here. i would like to ask u, which router would you like to suggest for unifi with speed 100mbps. i prefer asus model. does modelRT-AC1200G+ compatible with unifi?.

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K C

Hello Alvyn, Background: I’m on unifi 800Mbps and using RT-68U as my main router and AiMesh with a RT-66U B1. On top of that I also use a pair of TP-Link outdoor access point to connect to another house which have a Tenda WiFi router to serve that house which is about 100M away. At times, I might have up to about 30 devices connected and using the network (15-20 WiFi devices on Tenda which is at another house) Question: 1. Do u think the 68U able to handle the traffic with some WiFi on its own due to AiMesh… Read more »

royce ng
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royce ng

Hi Alvyn,
Please help if I want to replace my present Archer C1200 to RT-AC88U which have 8 port for usage. Does the present speed of 300mbps will cause any problem?? Can enlighten me for the rest of the port which is highlighted as internet and speed of 500mbps can this number be increase higher (is there a chart for reference)??

Fadzli
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Fadzli

hi,

which one is give better wifi coverage + 5ghz utilisation between Deco M4 (wireless setup) vs Asus RT-AC68U?

Hamdi
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Hamdi

Hi Alvyn, I’m using the TP LINK AC 1750 router that I bought last year, however recently had experienced that my IPTV is lagging, so I was wondering if it’s required an update for the firmware. I updated to the latest firmware (EU) but it seems like the issues still persists. The TM guy came to my house and he tested via the unifi router and its working fine. Please advise if we have as such firmware from TM that can be useful for my AC 1750. or else, please share what router that we will receive from TM if… Read more »

Purplekeledek
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Purplekeledek

Too many wrong info in terms of suggested plan, maximum internet speed and price..too many..
some product can go up more than suggested..way more..

talao
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talao

Hi, I am on Unifi 30Mbps and going to 100Mbps soon, on double storrey, the signal on 2nd floor is very weak and dropped to 10-12Mbps. What router you would recommend to have full coverage without repeaters and good for skype meeting / video streaming?

Tauge
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Tauge

TM just told me if equipment faulty i have a choice to renew contract and get equipment for free or buy from them at cost of around rm700 bucks… 188 for wifi router rm500 for the ONU… that’s like daylight robbery and fishy business… anyone had the same experience?

ZY Goh
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ZY Goh

Hi, I’m thinking between getting Deco M5 or Deco M9, my house is 2.5 storeys and router is at middle floor, subscribing to Unifi 800Mbps plan. Do you think its worth getting M9 for double the price? Household usage is mainly for TVBox(multiple) and web surfing. Thank you.

EmEm
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EmEm

hi Alvyn, need your advise, im not familiar with networking. For 2.5storeys about 2.7ksqft, 3phase wired, router at middle floor, on unifi turbo 300mbps. Should I get 2 Asus AC68u/86u or 2 Deco M4 or M5 mesh better? or is 1 unit of router sufficient enough? I would prefer to have the setup where I dun need to connect to a diff point when I move around.

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