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We created this router replacement guide to help all UNIFI users to select the right routers based on their ISP plan. We have compiled a list of wireless routers, networking gears and mesh WiFi that are suitable to solve different networking gears problem.

All the wireless routers listed in this guide are compatible with all different ISP plans from UNIFI, Maxis and TIME Fibre.

Whether you are using UNIFI, Maxis or even TIME fibre broadband, you will be able to find the recommended router based on your plan.

Update: we have a dedicated group for networking gears discussion, you can find it here. Alternatively if you want some tailored discussion, you can Whatsapp us or message us on Facebook.

Reasons For Slow UNIFI Internet Speed

Weak WiFi Coverage

The further away you are from your wifi router, the slower the speed you will receive from your router.

If you are getting a weak signal within your house, you are either facing:

  • A router bottleneck where it cannot provide you with the optimal coverage
  • Your house is simply too big for the router to support

There are cases where routers can support up to a certain bandwidth plan (i.e. UNIFI 300Mbps or Maxis 300Mbps) but it failed to broadcast a better WiFi coverage so you will have WiFi dead zones.

In other words, it’s important to take note of your house size when it comes to picking a proper router upgrade.

Not All Devices Can Get The Same Speed

Majority of the WiFi receivers in our daily gadgets are AC1200 – in other words, majority of our smartphones such as iPhone X is only capable of getting a maximum speed of 500Mbps only.

This is why you will never achieve 1Gbps speed on an iPhone X, but you can actually achieve 1Gbps on a LAN connection.

A good analogy would be TV station is capable of broadcasting 4K resolution content, however, your TV need have a 4K resolution in order to be able to play those movies and comedy shows.

In short – your gadget needs to be equipped with the relevant WiFi receiver or WiFi adapter in order to enjoy the maximum speed.

Unifi Turbo – Replace Your Router

Remember the moment where UNIFI users are complaining that they aren’t getting full Internet speed, even after UNIFI Turbo – which literally provides you 10 times faster speed.

This is a classic case of UNIFI router hardware bottleneck.

Achieving full Internet speed is possible when you are using the right router, even if you are on high bandwidth plans such as TIME fibre 1Gbps, Maxis Fibre 800Mbps and UNIFI 800Mbps plan.

To make things worse, some would assume that AC1200 (a router naming convention) is capable of support 800Mbps simply because the 5Ghz frequency is able to transmit up to 867Mbps which is not true.

We’ve written a guide that explains about the naming convention (AC1200, AC1750, AC1900 etc), this is the maximum theoretical speed that a router can provide.

In short, to achieve a maximum possible speed by your ISP plan, you will need a corresponding router that is capable of support the very same speed.

UNIFI Router Setup & Installation

You should have a copy of your UNIFI login ID (which ends of “@unifi”) and password with you. You will need these to setup your dynamic PPPoE connection. In case you lost them, you can reach out to UNIFI.

Once your new router or mesh WiFi arrived, you can proceed to remove your existing router and connect the new router to UNIFI modem. Do take note that you will need to reconfigure your new wireless router or mesh WiFi.

Most networking gear brands such as TP-LINK, Tenda, D-LINK and ASUS allow you to configure most settings within their proprietary smartphone app, which makes it even more convenient.

UNIFI Router Replacement Guide (ISP Plan)

We have also listed a few factors that help you to pick the right UNIFI router replacement such as:

  • Recommended Plan – The recommended plan for this router or mesh WiFi (e.g. UNIFI 300Mbps)
  • WiFi Specifications – Terms like AC1200 which highlights the wireless standard and maximum theoretical speed.
  • Beamforming – A router’s feature to enhance WiFi signal to penetrate the wall for better WiFi coverage
  • Budget – Helping you to identify the best networking solution for your budget

Best router for UNIFI 300mbps

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
TP-LINK Deco M4300MbpsAC1200RM375.00 - RM545.00
D-LINKCOVR C1203300MbpsAC1200RM449.00 - RM663.00
Totolink T10300MbpsAC1200RM499.00
Totolink A3000RU300MbpsAC1200RM179.00
TP-LINK Archer A6300MbpsAC1200RM185.00
Tenda AC10U300MbpsAC1200RM169.00
D-LINK DIR-825300MbpsAC1200RM158.00
D-LINK DIR-842300MbpsAC1200RM204.00
TP-LINK C1200300MbpsAC1200RM259.00
TP-LINK Archer C6300MbpsAC1200RM219.00
ASUS AC52U300MbpsAC1200RM425.00
ASUS AC1200G300MbpsAC1200RM379.00

Best router for UNIFI 500mbps

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
TP-LINK Deco M5500MbpsAC1300RM259.00 - RM729.00
Tenda Nova MW6500MbpsAC1200RM329.00 - RM499.00
ASUS Lyra Trio500MbpsAC1750RM1,455.00
TP-LINK Archer A7500MbpsAC1750RM285.00
TP-LINK Archer C7500MbpsAC1750RM349.00
TP-LINK Archer A9500MbpsAC1750RM259.00
Tenda AC15500MbpsAC1900RM269.00
Tenda AC18500MbpsAC1900RM269.00
D-LINK DIR-867500MbpsAC1750RM342.00
D-LINK DIR-868L500MbpsAC1750RM175.00
D-LINK DIR-878500MbpsAC1900RM409.00
ASUS AC66U500MbpsAC1750RM559.00

Best router for UNIFI 800mbps

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
TP-LINK Deco M9 Plus800MbpsAC2200RM449.00 - RM1,269.00
D-LINK COVR-2202800MbpsAC2200RM869.00
TP-LINK C2300800MbpsAC2300RM589.00
TP-LINK Archer A10800MbpsAC2600RM459.00
D-LINK DIR-885L800MbpsAC3150RM699.00
TP-LINK C31501GbpsAC3150RM719.00
TP-LINK C4000 (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC4000RM909.00
TP-LINK C5400 (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC5400RM849.00
TP-LINK C5400X (Tri-Band Gaming Router)1GbpsAC5400RM1,339.00
D-LINK DIR-2660 (Mesh Router)1GbpsAC2600RM599.00
D-LINK DIR-8821GbpsAC2600RM459.00
D-LINK DIR-895L (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC5300RM899.00
Totolink A7000R1GbpsAC2600RM499.00

UNIFI Router Replacement Guide (By Brand)

Mesh WiFi

Mesh WiFi, also known as Whole-Home WiFi – is designed to provide superior WiFi coverage compared to a traditional router.

Instead of broadcasting dual-band frequency, mesh WiFi will only display a single SSID and comes with seamless roaming which automatically routes you to the strongest frequency and device based on your distance.

Imagine walking between floors and rooms without the need to manually switch SSID connection, you can do live Facetime without worrying that line will drop.

If you are staying in a double story or an even bigger house, this is the type of technology that you want to go for.

Update: Read our TP-LINK Deco M5 review, we did an extensive coverage and speed test on double storey house.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
Tenda Nova MW3100MbpsAC1200RM219.00 - RM319.00
TP-LINK Deco M4300MbpsAC1200RM375.00 - RM545.00
D-LINKCOVR C1203300MbpsAC1200RM449.00 - RM663.00
Totolink T10300MbpsAC1200RM499.00
TP-LINK Deco M5500MbpsAC1300RM259.00 - RM729.00
Tenda Nova MW6500MbpsAC1200RM329.00 - RM499.00
ASUS Lyra Trio500MbpsAC1750RM1,455.00
TP-LINK Deco M9 Plus800MbpsAC2200RM449.00 - RM1,269.00
D-LINK COVR-2202800MbpsAC2200RM869.00

TP-LINK UNIFI Routers

TP-LINK is one of the well-known consumer WiFi networking devices in Malaysia. TP-LINK routers are fully compatible with UNIFI, Maxis & TIME and they come with 3 years warranty.

TP-LINK routers come with extensive features while delivering similar performance compared to their competitors.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
TP-LINK Archer A6300MbpsAC1200RM185.00
TP-LINK Archer C6300MbpsAC1200RM219.00
TP-LINK C50100MbpsAC1200RM105.00
TP-LINK C1200300MbpsAC1200RM259.00
TP-LINK C58HP100MbpsAC1350RM219.00
TP-LINK C60100MbpsAC1350RM199.00
TP-LINK Archer A7500MbpsAC1750RM285.00
TP-LINK Archer C7500MbpsAC1750RM349.00
TP-LINK Archer A9500MbpsAC1900RM259.00
TP-LINK C2300800MbpsAC2300RM589.00
TP-LINK Archer A10800MbpsAC2600RM459.00
TP-LINK C31501GbpsAC3150RM719.00
TP-LINK C4000 (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC4000RM909.00
TP-LINK C5400 (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC5400RM849.00
TP-LINK C5400X (Tri-Band Gaming Router)1GbpsAC5400RM1,339.00
TP-LINK C20100MbpsAC750RM129.00

Tenda UNIFI Routers

Tenda offers really good value for money as their routers are usually cheaper while delivering similar performance to their competitors. Just like TP-LINK, Tenda offers 3 years warranty on all their networking products.

Tenda routers are fully compatible with UNIFI, Maxis & TIME fibre.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
Tenda AC6100MbpsAC1200RM109.00
Tenda AC10U300MbpsAC1200RM169.00
Tenda AC15500MbpsAC1900RM269.00
Tenda AC18500MbpsAC1900RM269.00

D-LINK UNIFI Routers

D-LINK is one of the prominent networking gear brands in Malaysia. D-LINK always designs high-performance routers with superior innovation, their networking gears are truly simple to install as you can install them by scanning the QR code.

D-LINK routers are fully compatible with UNIFI, Maxis & TIME fibre.

Update: D-LINK recently launched 2 new models of wireless routers that are mesh enabled, read our in-depth review on both DIR-2660 and DIR-1360.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
D-LINK DIR-825300MbpsAC1200RM158.00
D-LINK DIR-842300MbpsAC1200RM204.00
D-LINK DIR-1360 (Mesh Router)400MbpsAC1300RM275.00
D-LINK DIR-867500MbpsAC1750RM342.00
D-LINK DIR-868L500MbpsAC1750RM175.00
D-LINK DIR-878500MbpsAC1900RM409.00
D-LINK DIR-2660 (Mesh Router)1GbpsAC2600RM599.00
D-LINK DIR-8821GbpsAC2600RM459.00
D-LINK DIR-885L800MbpsAC3150RM699.00
D-LINK DIR-895L (Tri-Band)1GbpsAC5300RM899.00

ASUS UNIFI Routers

ASUS offers high-speed and reliable routers that is always on and connected to the Internet. ASUS created Ai Mesh which is the ultimate home WiFi solution that lets you enjoy a stable, seamless and secure wireless connection anywhere in your home.

ASUS routers are fully compatible with UNIFI, Maxis & TIME fibre.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
ASUS AC52U300MbpsAC1200RM425.00
ASUS AC66U500MbpsAC1750RM559.00
ASUS AC1200G300MbpsAC1200RM379.00

Totolink UNIFI Routers

Totolink offers very price competitive routers that are good value to consumers. All Totolink routers come with 3 years warranty and they are all compatible with UNIFI, Maxis & TIME fibre.

Brand & ModelRecommended PlanWiFi SpecsBeamformingMU-MIMOBudget
Totolink A800R100MbpsAC1200RM98.00
Totolink A3000RU300MbpsAC1200RM179.00
Totolink A7000R1GbpsAC2600RM499.00

We will be updating this guide from time to time to provide better guidance on choosing the right router for your package.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best router for UNIFI?

The general idea is to get a router that is able to support your ISP plan i.e. 300Mbps, 500Mbps, 800Mbps and so on. There is no best router, only the most suitable router based on your ISP plan and budget.

Will this router solve my UNIFI speed bottleneck?

As long as you are picking the right router based on your ISP plan (300Mbps, 500Mbps & 800Mbps), you are likely to get maximum speed. However do take note that this also depends on other factors such as interference and house structure which may deteriorate the WiFi performance.

Can I get full speed over WiFi?

Theoretically yes, you will need to pick router that matches with your UNIFI plan (300Mbps, 500Mbps, 800Mbps). You will also need to take into account of your house size before you make the decision to buy. We recommend to have a quick chat with us so we can provide the right solution.

What is the best router for double-story house?

We recommend going for mesh WiFi for maximum WiFi coverage especially when you are staying in big houses.

Comments

  1. Hi there,
    I’m living in a 2 storey link house about 3000 sq feet and is using UNIFI 500 mbps. I’m heavy user of internet mostly downloading and watching online 4K movies.
    Should I get Deco M5 3 packs or M9 3 packs ?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Daryl,

      Sorry for late reply. If you are using UNIFI 500Mbps, it is better to go with Deco M9 Plus (better coverage and specs) provided you have the budget to do so.

      Deco M5 will slightly bottleneck 500Mbps due to specs.

  2. HI I just want to ask is it better if I get the D-LINK DIR-867 to replace the TM TP LInk ac1200? Currently on 500Mbps plan.

    1. Hi Maro,

      Ya, DIR-867 definitely will have overall better performance if compare to AC1200 stock router, and it does suit for 500Mbps bandwidth.

  3. Hi there, Currently on 100Mbps plan. Should I using Asus RT-AC59U AC1500 or to TP link AC 1200? Because second floor signal quite poor.

    1. It depends on which AC1200 TP-Link router you are comparing to. AC59U WiFi coverage is about same with TP-Link Archer A6, better than TP-Link Archer C1200. Btw, Archer A6 can add on OneMesh extender to create mesh WiFi network that AC59U not support.

  4. Hi, thanks for this very useful guide.
    I am currently on a 500mbps Unifi plan, if I’d like to only afford a single router unit, would Deco M5 be sufficient or is there a better mid range router you would suggest?
    I’m a heavy user with frequent streaming and gaming and there may be up to 10~15 devices connected sometimes.

    1. Hi there, thanks for writing in.

      Actually almost all models support 8Mbps.

      Can I know what is the issue that you are facing with your current router, as well as any other requirements?

      Only with that information we will be able to propose the right router for you.

  5. Hi OOKAS,

    I’m living in a 2000sq ft double storey house, ground floor wifi are weak. Currently using Unifi 500mbps plan, with a D-Link DIR 842 router. I planned to buy the Mesh Wifi Deco M5 to improve coverage to stream movies and dramas. Can you recommend me, or should I change my router too?

    1. Hi, Deco M5 is a good choice for 500Mbps bandwidth. We suggest you to use M5 as router to replace DIR-842 for better performance.

  6. HI OOKAS,
    I’m going to moved to a 3 storey 5000sq ft semi-d house. I had been looking into a mesh wifi network. Currently using Maxis 100Mbps plan. But my house are having 6 phone, 3 PC, 3 Laptop, 3 smart tv and maybe more than 10 smart home device such as IP camera and some smart light bulb and google home. What I am worried now is, is it 100mbps enough to use with these much of devices. Secondly, 3 AC88U is it enough to provide using aimesh? but I still kinda wanna try the new ZenWIFI CT8 since XT8 wasnt available. but the antena in CT8 (2×2 2.4Ghz) is much lesser than the AC88U (3×3 2.4). Still, I would need a recommendation from you since you guys are the professional.

    1. Hi Justin,

      Thanks for writing in.

      To be honest, there isn’t any need to go for RT-AC88U as it would cost you RM2200 for 2 units to form a mesh WiFi (unless your budget allows, then it’s a different story).

      RT-AC88U is an overkill even for 500Mbps bandwidth.

      It may be counter-intuitive but we generally advise people that investment should be value for money, unless your budget allows you to splurge.

      If you prefer ASUS, we’d recommend Lyra Trio 3 Pack (at max, 4 units) should be good enough for you.

      https://shopee.com.my/ASUS-Lyra-Trio-AC1750-Gigabit-Mesh-WiFi-System-Router-Access-Point-Unifi-Time-i.180984.1822708317

  7. Hi, recently I bought a TP-LINK Archer VR600V AC1600 and can you provide me a guide on how to set it up to replace m current Maxis router Technicolor TG784n v3? Do you have any manual for setting it up?

  8. Hi. I’m staying in a 2.5sty terrace house. And currently using maxis 100mbps plan. Using the original router. Any router recommended? Because the WiFi connection in 2nd and 3rd floor not stable, sometimes can connect, and sometimes the speed is very slow.

    1. Hi Sam,

      You have quite a big range to choose from actually, we’d recommend going for mesh WiFi, you can check out them here: https://www.ookas.my/unifi-router-tool/

      The tricky part here is whether you’ll need the DECT phone by Maxis.

      If you need them to be functional, you will need to setup your mesh WiFi as bridge (meaning use it as Access Point).

      If you don’t need the dect phone, you can replace the Maxis router with mesh WiFi directly.

  9. Hi, i am currently on a Unifi 300mbps Plan.
    I have tried to contact Unifi regarding their wifi router modem. With the standard Tp Link 1200 modem they provided, i am unable to achieve the speed which i have paid for.
    Current Tp link router is only able to provide the following speed:
    @2,.4gh, Download speed on 50mbps, Upload 50mbps.
    @5Ghz Download speed of 130mbps. Upload 50mbps.

    Upon contacting Unifi regarding this, a technician came down and replaced my old Tp link router with a Netis Router.
    With the Netis router, i am able to achieve a 300mbps download speed at 5Ghz but with the 2.4ghbz range, the download speed is super unstable and i am unable to achieve anything above 20mbps.
    Its super frustrating.
    Can someone kindly help recommend a good wife router that will be able to cater to the 300mbps speed i require.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Kim, actually it is impossible to get full 300Mbps everywhere unless you have a super-strong 5Ghz connection covering your whole house. Generally, 2.4Ghz will give you tops 100Mbps (which may vary based on your house layout, wall thickness etc)

      We suggest you to actually get Deco M9 Plus 3 packs, you should be able to enjoy ~300Mbps at your house.

  10. hello,
    i’m currently on unify 800mb. My setup is RT AC88U as main router on GF and Tenda AC1900 as repeater on 1st Floor. I got strong connection for both 2.4 & 5Ghz at GF.
    Question
    – Why can’t i get strong 5Ghz (only 1/2 bar) connection on the repeater on 1st floor? the 2.4Ghz is showing full bar connection btw.
    – Should i get Deco M9 to replace the repeater to get strong 5Ghz or shd i get another RT AC88U as the repeater?

    Many thx!

    1. Hi Art, 5GHz have weaker penetration & shorter distance compared to 2.4Ghz. There are multiple reasons for weak 5Ghz such as wall thickness, inteference etc.

      You can try to change your 5Ghz to the least interfence channel based on your surround. Do refer to this on how to change: https://www.ookas.my/guides/does-wifi-frequency-matter/

      Also make sure to check your Tenda AC1900 (if it is AC18), make sure the transmit power for both band is set to high, and also enable beamforming. This would help in transmitting.

      If this doesn’t work and also you’re on ASUS’s ecosystem, it’s better for you to add on any ASUS AImesh router to create a mesh network for better penetration and surfing experience, you will have quite a few devices to choose from i.e. Lyra Trio, RT-AC68U based on your budget.

    2. Hi OOKAS. I am currently using Maxis Fibre 100 mbps
      ONU Alcatel Lucent I-240G-T Pairing with Tp link Archer C5v – AC1200.

      2000 sqf double storey house, placing the router and modem at the living hall on the ground floor, the coverage of 5G is weak at the back of the ground floor and bedrooms on the 1st floor; the signal of 2.4G is not stable and it always has the connection problem to play mobile games and console games.

      I need the dect phone by maxis for my alarm system.

      What repeater which is compatible for the Tp link Archer C5v – AC1200 I could place on the 1st floor to enhance the coverage?

      Thank you.

      1. Hi there,

        Your best solution would be mesh WiFi, you can pick from TP-LINK Deco M4, Tenda Nova MW6 or D-LINK COVR-C1203, we recommend at least 3 packs and use them as access mode.

        One node connect to your router, one place at the back of your ground floor, and one for 1st floor. If your budget allows do consider getting a TP-LINK Deco M5 as it has better penetration power.

  11. Hi, I’m having problem connecting my office LAN thru VPN. I believe it’s because of the Netis dl4480v modem/router.

    Have anyone experienced this? Is it changing modem/router the best option?

    1. Hi Muiz,

      Can you let us know what is your ISP speed, package and expected outcome? Otherwise it is difficult to diagnose what is the issue or provide solid recommendation.

  12. HI OOKAS,
    Currently using Maxis 300Mbps plan.
    Huawei Modem HG8240w pairing with Tp link Archer C5v – AC1200.

    Staying in link house double storey. Modem placed in 1st floor, family hall.
    Ground Floor coverages are bad in every corners. 2-3 bar on 2.4G. No 5G.
    1st floor bedrooms 2-3 bars on 5G.

    How can I improve the coverage and what router should I change?
    I would need your professional advice and recommendation.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Allan,

      We recommend using mesh WiFi (3 packs) for double storey, in some cases you might be able to get off with 2 packs but we highly recommend going with 3 packs.

      Mesh WiFi is designed to tackle WiFi coverage issues so once you have that you don’t need to worry about coverage. You have a wide range of choices from TP-LINK Deco M4, Deco M5, D-Link COVR-C1203, Asus Lyra Trio.

      You can view some comparison here:
      https://www.ookas.my/news/best-mesh-wifi-malaysia/
      https://www.ookas.my/unifi-router-tool/

  13. Hi,
    I’m currently staying at double storey house and my unifi was setup at ground floor. Im using 800Mbps package and would like full connection on 2nd floor gaming pc for gaming and streaming. If not mistaken, the router currently using asus ac66u provided from unifi.

    How would you suggest to configure the network?
    Would deco m9 fulfill my requirement?
    If possible, i would like to use cable on my pc on 2nd floor as well to receive full speed.
    Thanks a lot and would love to hear from you back.

    1. Hi,

      Just to manage your expectation, most devices (i.e. smartphones / laptop / PCs) won’t be able to get full 800mbps via WiFi.

      For your setup, you will need to change your router as RT-AC66U is recommended for maximum 500Mbps only via WiFI (even if you stand beside router test also same).

      You will be better off pulling LAN cable as it is the only way to have guaranteed 800mbps for your case.

  14. I currently subscribe to Unifi 300mbps Plan with TP-Link Archer C1200 and living in a double story house. I am using Deco M5 to extend wifi coverage within the house. However, would like to know whether using a Router or Access Point Mode will provide more speed? Currently, I am using Router mode and I am getting download speed around 90mbps and 35mbps upload.

    1. Hi Alan,

      We recommend swapping and using your Deco M5 as router as the specs is higher than Archer C1200. There is something wrong with your speed, are you using CAT 6 cable? If you are already using the cable please do call TP-LINK hotline as you might have a faulty router.

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