Unifi Replacement Router

Unifi Router Replacement Guide 2021 – Ready for Turbo?

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Unifi Router Buyer's Guide 2021 Edition

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’ve been using Unifi 100mbps pack for almost 6 months and have nearly 20+ smart devices connected and configured to use smart DNS services on router itself. TM gave Netis router. For the past 2 months, I’m encountering really slow pickup on obtaining up a stable network which encapsulates the DNS. At times it works fine and if I restarts the router, it’ll take almost 2-3 hours for all my devices to get connected and its really annoying. I’m looking up to replace a new router. Will it get solved if i purchase one?

Thank you. I’m looking forward to get GT-AXE11000 as future ready from now on.

Hi, I’ve been using C3150 since 2018 and it recently couldn’t connect to the net. Managed to get a warranty claim but I was informed by the Tp Link staff that C3150 v2.1 (which is my current model) has been discontinued and they only have v2.0 as like for like replacement. The staff mentioned that the only difference is the manufacturing date. Im going to collect it tomorrow but was wondering of the following:- 1. If I should agree to accept the different and older version which may have its own problems. 2. Do you know the model that replaced… Read more »

Thanks for the reply. Yeah I’m hoping there isn’t much of a difference. Never nice to get an older version of something.

I’m quite surprised that they discontinued the C3150. I recall doing tons of research before choosing it back in 2018 and it was quite highly praised. The AX73 is quite a bit cheaper than the C3150’s original price too

Hi,

I’m currently using Unifi provided D-Link DIR-842, having drop and slow issue on the 2.4GHz for months, 5GHz works just fine.
Restarting modem and router won’t help much.
Changing Wifi channels are the same too.

I tested with my friend’s ASUS RT-AC1200G+ and seems working fine. For a month, never have drop or slow issue, so I thought of changing a new router.

What are the difference between:
1. ASUS RT-AC1200G+
2. TP-Link Archer AX10
3. TP-Link Archer AX20

Hi,
I’m using the unifi 100mbps plan, and i dont have a wifi 6 router for now. And my main concern now is that should i buy a better 5ghz dongle receiver for my pc or should i buy a wifi 6 router for better coverage for connection towards my room? What’s the coverage for wifi 6 routers? I’m staying in a double storey house.

Hi, Its been 2 weeks since I got Unifi for my house, 100mbps plan. I got the TP-Link Archer C1200 as my Wi-Fi router. However, I encounter 2 problems. My phone connection to the Wi-Fi seems to be more faster when running the TM Speedtest, compare to my PC. Both connected to 5G Wi-Fi channel. There are times where I only got super low DL and UL speed. As low as DL 4.3mbps, UL is 0.0. Calling TM for support, they suggested me to reboot the router. So, I’m wondering. will changing to a different router such as Tenda AC23… Read more »

Hi,

I’ve only subscribe to 100MB unifi plan.
Semi D – 3300 sqft – double storey.
Will the Deco M4 be sufficient – in terms of speed and coverage?
or do u suggest M5?
Thanks in advance

How do I set up Google Mesh Wifi on Unifi ?

Hi Blacktubi. Appreciate your kind advice on the below.

Issue: Poor WiFi coverage (i.e. room upstairs at the back could only receive 1/5 WiFi bar or none)

Current modem & router placement: Living room downstairs at the front

House size: 2 storey terrace (approx. 2250 sq ft)

Package: UniFi 300Mbps

Current setup (both provided by UniFi by default):
1)  Modem – Huawei EchoLife HG8240H
2)  Router – TP-Link Archer C1200

Bought an extender earlier but some family members found it too cumbersome.

Tq for your recommendation. Additional research resulted in coming across WiFi 6 routers (ie Asus RT-AX55 since this fits my RM500 budget) offering better range among other features for future proofing purpose. Would this be able to solve the similar range issues? 🤔

Hi, i only getting 93Mbps from a 100Mbps fiber package. Using cat6 cable linking modem to router then to desktop pc. Anyone can help?

Thanks.

How set vlan Net gear R6400 AC 1750 for TM unifi please guide me

Hi i would like to ask. Does mercusys S12 support vlan for hypptv?

Should I go for ASUS Mesh Router ZenWifi AX (XT8) or Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Gaming? I have 800Mbps Unifi plan.

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