10X Speed Upgrade from TM & What you should know? | An Early Reminder

Yesterday, was a day which brings the smile and sorrow to TM users, as, the new speed upgrade has been updated by the company itself. So, this post will be discussing on what you should know / need to prepare to fully utilize the upcoming new speed for most Lite, Advance and Pro users.

OVERVIEW

Let us recap the earlier stage of UniFi back in the year 2010. Back in the year of 2010, we move towards a high speed broadband internet at blazing “fast” speed during that time. Hence, the router supplied by the ISP is more than enough. By the year of 2012 and above, user can opt for third party router from ASUS, TP-LINK and D-LINK.

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Figure 1: The packages w/ price back in the 2010 of UniFi glory.

During the time, almost most router’s available in Malaysia comes with Fast Ethernet port along with the supplied ISP router and modem. “So, what is the point of this post?”, you may ask me. Allow me to explain the objective this post.

ENGAGEMENT OF NEW PACKAGES

What you should know? Here is the description of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet before, I explain in detail.

  • Fast Ethernet = 10 / 100 Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet = 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps

fast Ethernet card can run on bandwidths at 100 Mbps while a gigabit Ethernet can run at ten times of that speed, 1000 Mbps.

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Figure 2: The stock equipment that comes with your package(s).

Most UniFi users will get standard equipment, a modem, a residential gateway (wireless router), a STB box and a dect phone. In this post, we will ignore the dect phone and STB box, instead, we will focus on TM’s modem and wireless router.

Let us analyse it in very detail.

Modem

Here is the known existence of Modem supplied by TM UniFi:

  • Huawei HG655a (Fast)
  • Huawei HG850A (Fast) – UPDATED!
  • Huawei HG824Qw (Gigabit)
  • Alcatel Lucent I240G (Gigabit)

If you’re using an Alcatel Lucent or HG824Qw modem, congrats, you’re using a modem that capable of handling speed of more than 100 Mbps.

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Figure 3: UniFi user gets ‘TM’ badged version.

If you’re using neither two, then, TM will automatically upgrade your modem as they have their own record of the item supplied by them to the end user.

Residential Gateway (Wireless Router)

  • D-Link DIR615 (Fast)
  • D-Link L7-N-R2000 (DIR614) (Fast)
  • TM R&D Router (Fast)
  • Innacom / Innatech (Gigabit)
  • D-Link DIR850L (Gigabit)
  • TP-LINK Archer C5 / C1200 / C7 (business) (Gigabit)

The stock supplied router by TM is considered decent. They are not perfect mind you, but, for basic home users and students (not heavy users), it is more than enough. Recently, some users raged to UniFi as the current supplied router, Archer C1200v1 causing random freeze (disconnection) after heavy usage.

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Figure 4: The D-Link DIR850L (Retail version w/ TM Badge).

Okay, this is the most important part that, y’all must remember. After the announcement of new speed upgrades, the only package available that below 100 Mbps is UniFi Basic with a 60 GB quota. For Basic users, you can keep this as a friendly remember as well.

First of all, let us analyze the upgrades to be done for respective packages.

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

Based on the given information of the speed upgrades, it is clearly seen that, there will be no packages offered to existing user that, comes with speed below than 100 Mbps after the upgrade process begins by coming August 15, 2018.

In general, nowadays most routers are coming with 802.11ac router to cope up with current needs. Hence, all the AC routers do come with gigabit ports. It is very important to know this as, you need to know if, someday, you decided to throw away your ISP supplied router and use a 802.11n router.

  • 802.11ac = Dual Band Wireless Router (AC)
  • 802.11n = Single Band Wireless Router (N)

If, you’re using the router that comes with single band feature, you’re most probably using a router that comes with Fast Ethernet port. However, if you’re using a router that comes with dual band feature, you’re most likely using a router that comes with Gigabit Ethernet port.

I will divide the further details along with the suitable router for each package below. Do remember that, some models can support the subscribed package and, I divide the group according to their best performance in the package range.

100 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps and [800 Mbps via LAN only]

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

800 Mbps (If you’re opting for a higher end router for best performance.)

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

For network experts, you can try the Mikrotik RB750Gr3 hEX Gigabit wired router. This router specially for those who don’t need wireless connection or, having a network room to operate the network in your house. I personally used this router before, and I can say that, this router works well. This router not only capable of handling 100 Mbps connection, but even 1 Gbps connection as well.

Currently, this router is under special promotion where, you can get this router at the SRP of RM240 at lelong. You can click the below link if you’re interested to buy this router.

For 800 Mbps user, you most likely have to upgrade your existing router for a best both for wired and wireless performance. But, I would advise, that, give a try on your existing router a try before opting a better wireless router for packages mentioned.

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Figure 5: Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

CONCLUSION

Each router does come with an AC configuration that suitable for specific packages. If you buy a low end router, you can’t fully optimize the wireless experience from your 800 Mbps connection, same goes to buying an overpriced router for a 100 Mbps connection.

There you go, by doing a proper research before buying a router, you able to save some bucks from wrongly buy a router. In order to fully optimize the upcoming speed upgrades, your router by default, should be able to transfer the subscribed bandwidth not only via wired, but, wireless-ly in both bands.

UPDATED!

This is my rough sketch of TM’s equipment for their end user. This will be a great time if, TM come with their own mesh network for user whose live in a larger house.

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Figure 6: The suggestion of the sketch of TM’s equipment.

Friendly remarks:

I would like to kindly to share that, this post were not a sponsored post by any of the router manufacturing company. If at some point, you feel that, there might be a biased review on specific brands, do kindly note that, I only give my review of the router on the router’s I’ve tested so far. The main objective of this post is to enlightened users, so that, as the speed upgrade were rolled over to the user, they know on what to do next without having to call to UniFi CSC by wasting credits, time and energy.


Enjoy your free speed upgrade dear readers.

 

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