Unifi Replacement Router

Best Unifi Router with WiFi 6 in 2021

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 Sifu, You only discuss wireless routers optimised for TM Unifi here. I prefer to use wired only router which then feeds in one ore more switches. With IP cams, access points, TVs, etc, the ports used on a switch can be 48-96 – I think thats why a wired router will be better – just do the work of routing and giving out IP address without wasting overhead on wireless. Wireless is handled by access points connected to the switch. What are the modern wired routers compatible with our local ISPs? Looks like Mikrotik and Ubnt are not in… Read more »

Huawei AX3 Pro or TP Link AX50?

Silly question here but how does the ax50 compare to the ax20 other than not having onemesh? Furthermore, the Huawei AX3 Pro has its own mesh feature as well. How does the Huawei compare, will you do a review about it?

Hi, How many connection use one Unifi account(PPPoE) at the same time?

Thanks a lot.

Thanks reply.

Using tplink C5400x router, but even that also there’s some areas in the house with low signal connection, any recommendation on how to improve it ? does wifi extender helps ?

hi, would like to ask about adding on second router, can i connect the second router from the BTU unit( the white box), since the BTU unit have 2 LAN output to connect, 1st. and 2nd. router parallel. or it should connect 2nd. router to 1st router only( BTU => 1st.router=>2nd router ) . pls advice thanks

thanks for reply, meaning if the first router broke down, the second router will not working also .

Hi there.
Hope you can help me here.
Looking for good model router with USB support.
Already looking at AX20 as it fits my budget below 300.
Just wondering if there’s any other maybe with little bit lower price?
Appreciate your help on this.
Thanks!

Hi i would like to upgrade my router. My current router is a DIR-842. I’m currently on 100Mbps with unifi. Any good recommendations for a router with a good price?

Hi! i am currently using tplink c1200 and wish to upgrade to a better router. I am currently on a 500mbps with unifi. any recommendation for a good router with good price?

Hi! Please kindly update your guide to setup the new Asus RT-AX86U that you recently reviewed. After reading your review, I’m planning to buy that router..😁 Thanks! Your reviews have been enlightening for noobs like me. Great work and looking forward for your future reviews! Thanks.

Hi, I’d like to know if NetGear Nighthawk X4 Model R7500 supports UniFi?

I see. I couldn’t even find the VLAN setup in the GUI. Anyways, thanks for your insight!

This is my second question. The one question seem to be no comment by admin.

I am gonna upgrade to package TM Unify 100mbps soon. Please guide me the best perfomenace router to me.

House Semi D Single story with 5 rooms
3 laptops
4 smatphone
1 android box
2 wireless CCTV
Switches home light and fan wireless technology.

Thanks

Hi! Good day, I am using Dlink DIR-842 by UNIFI on my first floor, I cannot get 5G WIFI signal downstairs on ground floor. If I were to replace it with DIR-3060 would it help to get better 5G WIFI signal on the ground floor. With the DIR-3060 if it does not give good signal on the ground floor I can then add the DRA-2060 on the ground floor to boost 5G WIFI signal. Is the DIR-3060 compatible to work with UNIFI and any setup issue that you have encountered Appreciate you sharing your insights on this. Thank you Regards… Read more »

Hi!
Thank you for the reply. I cannot go with full fledge mesh as the mesh device does not have enough gigabit ports for my desktops. I have 2 desktops that i need connected to the main router which the DEco series only comes with 1 gigabit port.

Thank you again and have a blessed day. I will go with the DIR-3060 as I can use the extender if needed for my ground floor.

Regards
KT

Hi!
Sorry, one more question. Do you know if the DIR-3060 works with Hypp-TV for UNIFI?

Would you know if UNIFI technical people will know before I take the time to go ask them?

Thanks
Regards
Khai

Dear Sir,
Thank you for your quick responses. Have a blessed week ahead.
Regards
KT

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