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Unifi Router Buyer's Guide in 2021

If you use Unifi at your home, you are probably not so happy with the speed and stability of the WiFi network. That’s because TM is still a business and they cannot give an expensive router while remain profitable. But, luckily, TM doesn’t stop you from buying your own router.

While the router provided by TM isn’t too bad, they have slower CPU and weaker WiFi coverage. This means they aren’t very good if you stay in a bigger home or if you have more WiFi devices at home. Thus, in this article, I will show you some WiFi routers that I’ve tested that will recommend for you to upgrade your home WiFi router.

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⚠️ This guide is only intended for Unifi Fibre users!

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Unifi Fibre Equipment Overview

All Unifi Fibre installation come with 2 devices which is the fibre modem and WiFi router. The Fibre modem comes with lifetime warranty from TM and it is non-user replaceable. But, don’t worry as the WiFi router rarely breaks down and it performs well. What we will be focussing is the WiFi router part which will impact all your home networking performance.

Unifi Router Brands

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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Hi! I plan to upgrade my current router from Asus Ac-68u, my 1st option is Asus Mesh ZenWiFi AX XT8 WiFi 6, 2nd option is ASUS RT-AX88U (AX6000) Wireless WiFi 6. I have 500Mbps broadband package. What do you suggest?

Asus Mesh ZenWiFi AX XT8 WiFi 6 Vs ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 WiFi6 Tri-Band Wireless, Which one will be better? double storey house with around 5000 sqft.

Hi avlyn, it is Asus AX3000 good for my Unifi 100Mbps ?

Hi avlyn,For 100mbps,which one do u recommend,is ASUS WiFi Router RT-AC58U good?

hi sifu.. which one is better for unifi 500mbps.. archer ax50 or ax20

Hi Alvyn,
Can we use Google Nest Wifi in Malaysia, replacing TM’s routers?

thanks
Vijay

Hello, I have EC230-G1 router that provided by TIME. Can I used the same router that provided by TIME to replace current Unifi router?

My plan is unifi 100Mbps and using DIR842 C2. Need some advise from the expert.

1) Can this router support download speed up to 80Mbps or above?

2) Some time the speed of download slow, and when I reboot the NAT and router, it was much better but not for long? Is it because too many house using unifi that cause slowness?

3) The DIR842 sometime disconnect my laptop and mobile, then later reconnect. It has happen a few time, wonder anynoe know why?

Hi Sifu Alvyn, My company using 1x Asus BRT-AC828 (main router) and 6x Mi Router 3G v1 (AP with ethernet backhaul), also carefully distribute to channel 1/6/11 to minimize overlapping. Approx 150 devices connected at the same time, 75 via ethernet, 75 via AP wirelessly. However quite many wireless users get disconnected sometime or no connection (! mark beside wifi icon) then recover itself after several minutes. May I know changing to Asus Lyra Trio x6 will improve my situation? What is your mesh AP recommmendation of budget is around RM1.5~2k? Or should I get TPLink Deco M9 Plus x6… Read more »

CPU usually use 20% only, and RAM always left 150 MB free.

Device connected via switch/hub works fine.
Only device connected to AP wirelessly will has connection problem occasionally.

This is very interesting, it has 128MB ram only but seems very capable.
Do I need anything else to run EAP-225 (e.g. Omada Controller) or it can just plug and play as AP mode without need of omada controller?

I’m aware this already out of topic for UniFi router, thanks for your kindness to assist me further on this.

hi alvyn.. I’m not sure which router should I get since I’m a noob in this topic. I’m currently on 50mbps unifi plan.. and rely heavily on unifitv and wireless connection.. which router should I get to replace my current router that dying soon. budget below rm200 if possible.. really appreciate it if you could recommend which router is good value for money?

Hi, I’m having trouble on deciding new router. Currently I’m using Asus RT-AC68U, my connection isn’t stable on some spots occasionally after 10 connected device, but I didn’t experience the same problem when less device is connected. I have a unifi 800 connection, and i want a strong wireless connection with less dead spots. Which device would you be recommending me?

Hi, what would you suggest to get tp-link Ax20 or E4 (2pack) in terms of performance, coverage , stability

Hi Alvyn…need to know either my new router Prolink PRC 2401U support TM Unifi or not…give up to configure internet setting ….but still no internet…but my TP Link and Dlink OK…..pls urgent…b4 refund

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