February 13, 2012

Boosting UniFi

The fact that a lot of people suffered from bad Unifi speed was REAL. It happens to me.

For the past few days, I was feeling like everything was getting really slow. Some might experience slowness in both ways (download and upload) but I think it's quite weird that my upload speed was okay (constantly from 4-5 MBPS) but my download speed went down to not more than 200 kbps, and the slowest recorded was 15kbps, even slower than the PSTN dial up speed.

It used to be at least 1MBPS, when sometimes it goes up to 2 or 3 and 4 but never reached 5 MBPS.

I reported the problem to TM and I only got not less than 15 report numbers for the past 24 hours. Just the report numbers. Nothing more than that. What a service??

Talked to a few friends and Wan suggested that might be due to the router problem. I was just trying my luck and decided to look for the router.

Searched thoroughly on the NET and found out a site, http://unifi.athena.my, which list out all the compatible routers to be working with the current UniFi setup.

So today I went to LowYat Plaza (the heaven on earth for geeks & nerds like me) and looked around for the router. I was stopped at a shop and told that they have a wide range of routers. I checked the site and found out a router with 300 MBPS N WiFi. Priced at RM79, it's a TP-LINK TL-WR841ND.

Headed home after a nice dinner at the al-Rawsha. Popped the router from the box and connect it to one of my laptop while the other one to look for the ways to configure it on the Net.

Downloaded the firmware after so many failing attempts due to the failing UniFi connection, immediately I load it into the router and reboot, configured everything and VOILA! The Internet seems to be improving!

Did the test and it was showing figures around 7-8 MBPS this time. That means the original router provided by TM was faulty from the beginning! Lucky I had a faulty device. I'm not only getting a cheaper replacement (TM's default router will cost you RM150), I'm also getting a better connection now!

I just had my UniFi installed for slightly more than a month. How do you explain that?

UniFi does not sucks. It's the people there. Providing people with faulty items and faulty services, as even the Customer Service failed!

* Please let me know if you are interested and would like to know more how this can be done. It's actually all over the Internet but if you're so lazy, just let me know I can do it for you.

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