Experience of using UniFi Pro (100 Mbps) vs UniFi Turbo (800 Mbps) ft. ASUS AC68U

Recently, Telekom Malaysia had come up with a news indicating that, all the existing UniFi subscribers will get turbo’ed (x10) and Streamyx subscribers will get their existing speed doubled. However, things that needed to be considered is, if you’re in the VDSL structure, I am afraid, your account won’t be upgraded.

I received my turbo upgrade on 4th September 2018. I didn’t get any SMS or email regarding the completion of my order. I confirmed that my speed has been upgraded manually via care@unifi (for Apple users, you can get the app via Apps Store under the same name, care@unifi) app.

I am going to share my experience of using both packages (events) today.

BEFORE UNIFI BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT PLAN (THANK YOU SURPRISE PLAN)

Below are my speedtest result of the type of interface used to carry out the test.

Interface Type: LAN – Physical Connection (Cat6 Dintek Cable)

Analysis of the result:

From the above result, it is clearly known that, I able to fully get the speed’s I’ve subscribed for. Using this package especially in crowded areas (residential), I able to fully utilize the speed even during the peak hours, which is good for me.

A speedtest result has to be carried out, it is highly recommended that, to use a physical connection (LAN) for the best result” ~ Legends.

Interface Type: Wireless

Analysis of the result:

I’ve used my smartphone to conduct the test, and, I able to get full speed via wireless especially using the 5GHz wireless band. However, for 2.4GHz band, the speed does fluctuate and inconsistent. The highest reading I get via the 2.4GHz is ~100Mbps/~48Mbps.

Conclusion:

Using the package for not even one year, I don’t have any issues with it. Torrenting process seems good with decent speeds, surfing through overseas websites and downloading from overseas server gives good speed as well.

In conclusion, I feel satisfied with this package and, perhaps, I am one of the happy user of this package despite of paying RM229 for this package.

AFTER UNIFI BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT PLAN (AUGUST 2018 – AUGUST 2019)

Interface Type: LAN – Physical Connection (Cat6 Dintek Cable)

Analysis of the result:

Initially, I was informed by other users that, they couldn’t achieve full speed of 800Mbps via the speedtest due to, their fiber lines unstable or their device limitation. During conduct this test, I’ve used my 4 years old PC. Based on the result, it seems, despite being an old PC, I still able to get full subscribed speed.

Interface Type: Wireless

Device type: ASUS ROG G752VT

Device type: iPhone 7 Plus

Analysis of the result:

Based on the result above, the test conducted via the 5 GHz wireless band, I only able to get half of the subscribed speed. I will explain why it happens so, soon, with another post.

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My laptop using latest adapter from Intel® Wireless 7200 Series.

From the above image, it is clearly shown that, my laptop does prevent me from experience the full speed of the bandwidth. This is what is meant by device limitations. Look at the bottom image for further clarifications.

Misc Information:

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Different Wi-Fi Protocols and Data Rates. ~ Source.

In general, the above image shows the data rates for 802.11ac wave 1. Some users might not get the subscribed speed as your device may be the culprit (device limitations).

However, for 802.11ac wave 2, the maximum rate differs from the wave 1.

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Different Wi-Fi Protocols and Data Rates. ~ Source.

Conclusion:

As a conclusion, when you subscribed to higher bandwidth, it is highly recommended to use a physical connection rather than wireless, as, you’ll have to invest money to buy the suitable adapter or, upgrade your device to a newer device. The stock supplied ISP routers were meant to perform well via wired, but via wireless, it will give you a decent or below average speed depends on the manufacturer of the router or your wireless LAN provider.

If you wish to upgrade your existing wireless router, then, you can refer here.

FAQ:

  1. During using UniFi Pro package, do you face any downtime?
    No. I don’t face any downtime using this package, perhaps due to, using a third party wireless router.
  2. During a gaming session, do you experience high ping?
    Partially. The ping results was inconsistent, and the most lowest, I get around ~50ms.
  3. Do you use stock router or third party router?
    No. Initially, I was supplied with TP-LINK Archer C1200v1, but, the router seems to be having problem with its firmware despite of having an awesome hardware build on it.
  4. How was the experience using VPN?
    So far, I am experiencing decent speed from my VPN provider, BolehVPN.
  5. How much you’re paying before and after UniFi Pro ~ UniFi Turbo?
    RM229 + Varnam Pack + Free Call.

Telekom Malaysia should revise the plans of fiber broadband packages, as, some people are paying less and some people were paying more, this can cause rage among the users of this fiber provider” ~ Arun.

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