INNATECH RGX4400 Wireless Dual Band AC1200 from UniFi (2014 – 2016), Is it good or bad?

CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW

This is the first AC router ever supplied by TM for the end users. It is a newer version of RG4332 Wireless Router. Although it shares the same appearance as the BTU supplied by TM, the built quality of this router actually good and solid compared to the BTU supplied by TM.

However, this router is really good? Else, there is a special thread dedicated for this router in lowyat.net.

To seek for the truth, I actually surveyed for this router and get a deal with a gentleman to obtain a new unit for RM30 from him. Once I received the router, I immediately set up the router to test it out.


CHAPTER 2: SPECIFICATIONS

Shall we move into the specifications? There are no any specifications of the router throughout the internet. I only rely on the manual given via this router.

SDRAM/Serial/Flash: 128MB/32MB.

Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz & IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz.

Wireless Frequency Range: 2.4~2.4835 GHz 5.15~5.85 GHz.

Wireless Transmission Power (MAX): 11n: 22 dBm, 11g: 23 dBm & 11b: 24 dBm.

Antennas: 4 x 3 dBi Built-in antenna.

Protocol:

RFC768 UDP, RFC791 IP, RFC792 ICMP, FC793 TCP, RFC826
ARP, RFC2516 PPPoE, RFC2131 DHCP, ALG

Interface:

1 x 10/100M Auto MDI/MDIX WAN port
4 x 10/100M Auto MDI/MDIX LAN ports
1 x 2.0 USB ports
1 x 3.0 USB ports

Wireless Security:

64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK data security
and TKIP/AES encryption.

LED Indicators:

1 x WAN, 1 x INTERNET, 1 x 5GHz, 1 x 2.4GHz, 4 x LAN, 1 x PWR.

Environment:

Operating Temperature: 0°C~55°C
Storage Temperature: 40°C~85°C
Operating Humidity: 10%~95%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~95%, non-condensing

Power Supply:

Input: 100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output: 12 V DC, 2.0A

Dimension: L*W*H: 180 * 180 * 34.5 mm.

Weight: 500 g.

Remarks: “The router comes with gigabit ethernet ports, but, I am not sure why, the manual shows the router comes with fast ethernet port“.


CHAPTER 3: SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST USE

This router comes with two methods of login, “admin” mode and “operator” mode. You can use either admin mode or operator mode to set up the router.

Username: admin

Password: [leave it blank]

Username: operator

Password: [last four digit of your router’s MAC address]

Once the necessary field has been filled, click on the apply changes and reboot the router. Later in the operator mode, you can customize the settings as well.

After setup the router, login to the operator account, and go to Maintenance -> Password to change the password access of admin mode and operator mode.

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This is very crucial step as, you need to secure both of the present account in the router.


CHAPTER 4: WALK THROUGH

Let’s look into the some of the offered features. The user interface is pretty simple, yet, decent and understandable for most novice users.

Asking me, do I enjoy navigating the features offered via the interface, my answer is, “Yes, I do.”. Don’t mistake this router for its lame looking case that copies the Airport Extreme, but, this wireless router does offer a pretty good feature as well, despite of being a free router supplied by the dominating ISP in the country.


CHAPTER 5: WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Remarks: “The 5GHz band from this router is unstable and, I have to conduct few tests of speedtest to get a better result“.

Wireless Settings

Below, is the standard settings of the wireless feature by me:

Wireless Analysis

DOWNLOADS

Analysis of Download

2.4 GHz

The connectivity of this band is stable and, the result obtained is pretty much decent. Didn’t face many issues via this band.

5 GHz

The download speed of from this band is worst. Yes. I am being honest here. The wireless coverage is weak and even staying near to the router, the download speed doesn’t exceed over 20Mbps.

UPLOADS

Analysis of Upload

2.4 GHz

The upload speed is below average, although other built-in antennas router performs well than this.

5 GHz

The similar result goes to the download analysis of the 5 GHz band.

Iperf3 Test

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From the iperf3 result, I able to get over 69Mbits/s. I feel, this is pretty decent result for the router that comes with built-in antennas.


CHAPTER 6: ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. The first AC router supplied by TM under the brand of unifi.
  2. Comes with both 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports.
  3. Stable and able to handle heavy load w/out freeze under the condition when, a cheap USB cooling fan installed.
  4. No memory leakage during torrenting of the router.
  5. Enterprise features offered in the router.
  6. TR069 can be disabled.
  7. Suitable for business organizations.
  8. Well design (excellent built quality).

Disadvantages

  1. Overheats (If and only if you install an USB fan, the router works well w/out reboot).
  2. USB 3.0 ports not detectable (sometime can be detected, some time cannot – might be unit defect).

CHAPTER 7: CONCLUSION

This is my very straightforward conclusion on this router. Firstly, this router is supplied by TM for their unifi subscribers. However, this router has reached its EOL from the manufacturer and the distributor itself.

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Next, the router was well built and, the casing of the router seems to feel more solid than the casing of the BTU which appears to be made from cheap plastics.

Thirdly, though this router doesn’t come with an external antenna, the wireless signal, especially from the 2.4GHz band was excellent and when it comes to 5GHz band, the wireless coverage as well as the data transfer was extremely slow.

In addition, I’ve explored most of the features offered by this router, and I feel, it is decent enough and, I receive positive feedback’s from the business organization by which, they were using this router currently.

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Last but not least, apart from the best wireless router supplied by unifi during their early stages (D-LINK DIR615 – I said the best as, it supports DDWRT firmware), the RGX4400 will be the next to be in the lineup of best free router supplied by an ISP. Currently as per the year of 2019, TM supplying two main routers, D-LINK DIR850L and TP-LINK Archer V1 (new logo) and, recently, some users reported that, they’ve been receiving the all new D-LINK DIR842 AC1200 dual band wireless router.

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