For this reason, we took it upon ourselves to test a wide range of modem routers currently available on the market to see how they really stack up, so you can make a more informed purchasing decision.

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Asus’s decision to go with a Media Tek modem chipset on all three models is likely the culprit here, resulting in speeds that are almost on par with D-Link’s 2877AL which also uses Media Tek.

To Asus’ credit, they do offer a number of tools that you can use to improve sync speeds.

Note: All modem routers listed here have a minimum of four LAN ports and wireless 802.11ac.

All of the units were tested with the latest firmware available at the time of writing.

Note that retail units are likely to ship with outdated firmware, so you will need to first update the firmware, reset the unit back to factory settings after updating the firmware and then finally connect the RJ11 phone cable and run the Internet set-up wizard.

Asus boasts a nice modern user interface to manage their modem routers.

It’s worth remembering that the modem routers included in this round-up will work with all types of fixed-line NBN connections from FTTN/B to fibre to the curb (FTTC).

The models that include a WAN port are also compatible with fibre to the premises (FTTP) and hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) connections as well.

After speaking with Asus, who assured us that the latest firmware rectifies the port-locking issues, we decided to test the unit again and we are happy to report that both the DSL-AC52U and DSL-AC56U running the latest firmware (version 1.1.2.3_288) connected without issue.

With the DSL-AC68U, Asus recommends updating to the latest available firmware (version 3.0.0.4.380_7712 at the time of writing) to ensure a smooth connection with FTTN services.

We also need to commend Asus for implementing perhaps the most detailed and easy to understand traffic analyser on a router, so you can see at a glance what online sites and services are being accessed from the devices connected to your network.