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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, I know this post is for Unifi, I was wondering if the information is generally applicable for other fibre internet providers like TIME or Maxis?

Hi Blacktubi,

I am currently subscribed to 800mbps unifi but I am only getting half the speed using the router provided by TM. In addition to that, I am living in a double storey house. Can you please recommend me a router that has good coverage and supports 800mbps?

Hi, which router is recommended to upgrade from D link Dir 842 for 2 storey house? Currently on 100mbps unifi plan. A budget of RM300 or below is preferred.

Hi ax73 or ax90 for a 2 storey 3500 sq house? currenly on c2300 with re305 on unifi 300m

Hi, i have 2 mesh wifi4 the first one connected to my router and well as the second u know, so i decided to buy a new mesh deco which is support wifi6 and can it connect to my first wifi4 mesh? and is there any bandwith? and what is the best router for 100mbps plan?

Hi, is the Archer AX20 good for a 2 storey house (2200 sf)? I’m subscribed to the unifi 300 Mbps plan and my download speed is never above 70~ Mbps. Its much lower than that on the first floor . I’m thinking of either this or the Archer C6.

Asus RT-AX56U or TP-Link Archer AX73 for ground floor access point ? as the price different is quite small to me
i currently using deco m9 first gen for my 3 story house manage to pull a lan wire to my storage room on the ground floor i want a better and stable signal for gaming for the ground floor room which has 3 bricks walls before the storage room

Really ok tq ax73 it’s is then tq for the reply

hi,im using unifi 30mbps, and i need a wider range for my second access point..would you recommend me a good router for this purpose..tq

Hi Alvin, can WiFi router boost my 100 and 300mbps exceed the max speed of unifi quota? Can u suggest the best router for now?

Hi, recently looking on mesh router. Dlink COVR 1100 caught my attention as the price is cheap compare to other brand. Would you give me some opinion on this model?

Hi. Saw this site and looks like the best place to seek info. Had an Asus RTAC68 but has just died. Now using back the old free TP-Link C5 which seem to work OK but looking for something better. Unifi 800Mbps. Less than 10 devices hooked. Using VPN. I would appreciate your recommendation. Thanks in advance.

Hi. I have seen gotten the AX73 and found the Smart Connect is good in theory but very poor in actual use. I went to the furthest part of the house that previously can be covered (barely) by the old TPLink C5 and with AX73 Smart Connect enable, I get no wifi signal at all. Once I disable the Smart Connect and switch to 2.4GHz, the AX73 works similar to the C5, aka, can get some wifi signal. Or may be I am missing some setting?

For what it’s worth, this is what I finally did to get Smart Connect working at far corner of the house. On the 5GHz, I set it to 80Mhz and problem seems solved.

Hi Blacktubi,

Currently, i am living in a 2 storey house, approx. 5,000 sqft.
Using Unifi 800Mbps,
Primary router Asus RT-AC88u (ground floor bedroom),
Secondary router Asus RT-AC86u, backhaul on AiMesh (ground floor dining room)
Both routers are about 17 meters apart and are in between a few concrete walls.
I would like to upgrade the Primary router to a Wifi 6 router and create another mesh on the 1st floor using the RT-AC88u.
And backhaul both router to the new Wifi 6 router.

What Wifi 6 router would you recommend me buying?

Thanks in advance!

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