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, Currently living in 2.5storey house, about 2600 sqft. I have unifi 100Mbps plan and using the stock Tp-link Archer C5 router. However I found out that the 2.4GHz only give max of around 20 Mbps download speed (theoretically 100Mbps) while upload speed is able to reach maximum (50Mbps). In normal case, there’re around 10 devices connected, 3 of them have only 2.4GHz connection. My budget is around RM400 to upgrade (Can add more for better value). 1. I reckon to get full coverage, mesh wifi is needed, any advice on getting one router+ extender (aimesh/onemesh) or Deco mesh? 2.… Read more »

I stay in double storey house, about 2,500 sqft in total.

I am using unifi 100 Mbps package.

Having problem with video calls even at ground floor. Weak signal on first floor far end.

1. Which 1 should use – TP Link Archer AX10 AX1500, TP Link Archer AX73 AX5400, ASUS RT-AX3000 or ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900? Feel free to provide other model.

2. Once I purchase 1 of the above model, can I recycle or “repurpose” my current TM provided D-Link 842 as “Repeater” used on my first floor? Thanks.

Thanks. The house is about 1250 sqft on ground floor and 1250 sqft on first floor. I was told the current TM provided D-Link DIR-842 is the problem. How about these 3 options – which one will you choose? Option 1- Use existing TM D-Link 842 + 2-pack Tenda Nova MW3 (or 2-pack TP Link Deco E4) [RM190 to RM270] Option 2 – ASUS AX55 AX1800 on ground floor to replace TM D-Link 842 + 2-pack Tenda Nova MW3 (or 2-pack TP Link Deco E4) [RM510 to RM600] Option 3 – Get a unit of ASUS AX55 AX1800 on ground… Read more »

Hi my primary Lyra router is down. The other 2 Lyra is still working. What is your recommendation?
I live in a 3 storey house, 5500 sq ft. I installed one Lyra on each floor.

Hai,

Just asking..its that normal, subscribe unifi 100mbps… but when I download something via idm on my laptop for example games, the speed only got 3-4mbps? Any chance for me to got speed higher than that if I change router from unifi free router to tplink archer ax73 or something like thats?

Hi sir, i can’t really understand about all the speed thingy, but like op mentioned, idm dl speed usually lower than subscribe. for me, max is 12 mbps, i can see this speed in all platform, idm, steam, epicgame, battlenet etc. where can i read to understand this?

Hi Been Using Router provided by TM Dir 842 I believe and recently installed Mesh M4.

Would like to know if I’m planning to upgrade to say AX73/AX90 would improve anything ?

Have Ethernet connected to my Xbox from the router does upgrading router improves wired connection aswell ?

I’ve been using D Link’s, DIR-882 with unifi’s 100mbps for a good 3 years now and seeing the performance of download and upload speed is deteriorating in a tremendous state recently. The WiFi signal is constantly up and down for 2.4ghz. The stability of it is a nightmare for now but LAN connection is still doing me good. Just wondering is it about time for me to change a newer one? Or what is the usual service duration for routers these days if they were to operate 24/7?

I live in a 5100sqft house with a 500mbps maxis plan. I certainly do have ethernet backhaul on each floor. The question is, would you recommend me ZenWifi XT8 or are there any other options you can suggest? Cause I saw you mentioned about AX3000 is being more reliable There are about 16 devices on my house currently with 5 of them being wifi 6

I might be stupid to ask this but pls bear with me since I have so little knowledge about wifi, would an Xt8 plus a Ax3000 a better combo or 3 Ax3000 for each floor? Since I dont know if AiMesh and Zenwifi works the same or not?

Can this also be used for Celcom Fibre? I’m using currently the default one given but i tried using the wifi. even when im really near to it still the speed is unbearable like need to wait maybe 2s to load. I have a 300mbps speed btw. Should i upgrade my router?

Hi, I just purchased a new dual band router. Brand is Totolink AX1800. I followed TM old router setting for Pppoe but could not detect Internet. Any idea what else is missing from setting?

My house is a normal size two storey landed house, and wifi is super weak (LAN is ok). I understood that my router is too old (3years+) and the unifi technician say can come and fix and will bring the NETIS AC1200. Is this brand ok? I was expecting DLink or TPLink 🙁
My unifi plan is that 100mbps

Hi, I plan to upgrade unifi fibre to 100mbps package, but the allowed devices just 5, just wondering if I change router, can increase the devices connected?

According to to advertisement, they put number on the devices allowed. Not too sure on this.

Hello, I’m using a Unifi provided router D-link DIR-850L,the issue is Poor WiFi coverage the room upstairs at the back could only receive 1/5 wifi bar or 2/5 or none. Current router and modem placement is at Living room downstairs at the front. Unifi Package is 100 Mbps. So I’m going to buy a wifi mesh It was Tenda Nova MW5C 2-pack, is it good? If it doesn’t good, What WiFi Mesh/Router should I bought? My budget is RM300

Okay Thank you for the reply, is it compatible with D-Link DIR-850L?

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