Feb 14, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

The ASUS DSL-AC88U combines an ultra-fast DSL modem and Wi-Fi router

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Why use a separate modem and router when you can combine the two? The ASUS DSL-AC88U brings together an ultra-fast DSL modem and high-end Wi-Fi router to deliver high-performance networking in a single, easily managed device.


The integrated DSL modem pushes broadband speeds up to a blistering 900Mbps using the latest G.fast standard. There’s loads of bandwidth for smooth streaming, fast downloading, and lag-free gaming. More conventional ADSL, ADSL2/2+, and VDSL2 standards are also supported, and there’s a separate Ethernet-based WAN port for connecting stand-alone fiber, cable, or DSL modems. You get future-proof connectivity with the flexibility to easily switch ISPs.

For local networks, the dual-band AC3100 Wi-Fi router delivers extensive coverage and even higher speeds. It uses Broadcom’s NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology to boost wireless throughput on both bands by up to 25% compared to traditional 4x4 MIMO routers. You can hit speeds as high as 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

With 3167Gbps combined, there’s enough wireless bandwidth for modern households packed with devices. On top of that, four Gigabit Ethernet ports add ultra-low-latency connections for hardcore multiplayer gaming rigs and other wired machines. Quality-of-service routines manage the traffic to prevent downloads and browsing from lagging multiplayer games and interrupting video streams.


Much more than just a modem and router, the DSL-AC88U can share printers and storage across your home network. Shared peripherals connect via two USB ports: one USB 3.0 at the front and one USB 2.0 at the rear. You can also hook up a compatible 3G/4G USB dongle to add cellular connectivity as a backup.

Managing all the integrated functions is easy with the web-based GUI. There are quick setup options for newbies and loads of advanced settings for experts who want complete control over their networks. Parents can restrict access to specific sites and applications to in addition to scheduling how much time specific devices can access the Internet.

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Press Release

ASUS Announces DSL-AC88U

Powerful and flexible AC3100-class Wi-Fi modem router offers future-proof support for latest G.fast DSL and compatibility with all existing ADSL/VDSL standards                                                                                                          


  • Optimized for bandwidth-intensive tasks with NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology for dual-band Wi-Fi speeds up to a combined 3167Mbps.
  • Maximum broadband compatibility, with support for the latest G.fast standard, existing ADSL, ADSL 2/2+ and VDSL2 standards, and Ethernet WAN
  • Enables easy, family-friendly monitoring and filtering of internet activity

Taipei, Taiwan (9th February, 2017) — ASUS today announced DSL-AC88U, an ultra-fast AC3100 dual-band Wi-Fi modem router that supports the latest high-speed G.fast DSL standard as well as all existing ADSL, ADSL2/2+ and VDSL2 standards.

DSL-AC88U is our fastest ever modem router, featuring cutting-edge Broadcom® NitroQAM™ technology that delivers 1.25X-faster Wi-Fi speeds than standard four-stream (4x4) routers. This enables data rates of up to 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band — or a combined concurrent bandwidth of up to 3167Mbps.

DSL-AC88U has family-friendly parental controls that allow users to monitor and filter internet activity, which can help to protect the online safety of younger family members.

In addition to its wide compatibility with G.fast and existing DSL broadband services, DSL-AC88U can also connect to the internet via an Ethernet connection, such as those provided by fiber- or cable-modem-based ISPs. These outstanding connectivity options make DSL-AC88U a supremely flexible and future-proof choice for any home user.

NitroQAM: Our fastest ever modem router

ASUS DSL-AC88U uses a Broadcom NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology to boost maximum Wi-Fi speeds on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands by up to 25% compared to other four-stream (4x4) MIMO designs[1]. With NitroQAM, 5GHz speeds can be improved from 1734Mbps to 2167Mbps, and at 2.4GHz speeds are boosted from 800Mbps to 1000Mbps. This gives DSL-AC88U a combined total bandwidth of up to 3167Mbps for lag-free, low-latency online gaming, smooth streaming of 4K UHD movies and blindingly-fast file-sharing.

Ultra-fast and ultra-flexible: G.fast support and maximum DSL compatibility

ASUS DSL-AC88U supports the very latest G.fast DSL protocol, a cutting-edge technology that enables broadband speeds up to 18 times (18X) faster than VDSL2, or 4.5X faster than Vplus (35b) technology.

For full compatibility with existing DSL connections, DSL-AC88U also supports ADSL, ADSL2/2+ and VDSL2 services. It also supports Ethernet-based internet (WAN) connections, so it can be easily connected to an existing fiber- or cable-modem service. This superb flexibility gives users the peace of mind that DSL-AC88U will give them future-proof support for any ISP upgrades.

Family friendly: Easy-to-use parental controls

To help protect younger family members from inappropriate websites and limit their internet access, ASUS DSL-AC88U features powerful yet easy-to-use parental controls, including filters that can block access to specified websites or apps. A scheduling feature allows parents to restrict the amount of time a device can access the internet. With DSL-AC88U, parents can easily create a healthier and safer network environment for their family members.

Pricing and availability

Please contact your local ASUS representative for details.





Network standards: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, IPv4, IPv6.

Concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

802.11ac (5GHz):  up to 1734Mbit/s

1024QAM (5GHz):  up to 2167Mbit/s

802.11n : up to 800Mbit/s

1024QAM (2.4GHz): up to 1000Mbit/s

Wi-Fi features

MIMO technology:

2.4GHz 4 x 4

5GHz 4 x 4

DSL compatibility

G.fast, ADSL, ADSL2/2+, VDSL2, Vplus (35b)


128MB Flash / 512MB RAM


1 x RJ11 DSL

1 x 10/100/1000Mbit/s WAN

4 x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet LAN

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0


4 x external detachable antennas (4x4 MIMO)


ASUSWRT web-based admin console

Utilities: Router setup wizard; Firmware restoration; Device discovery; Printer setup utility

Firewall & Access Control

Access control: Parental controls, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter


Link Aggregation, Smart Connect, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, Parental Control, Guest Network, VPN server, VPN client, Roaming Assist

Additional features

ASUS AiCloud personal cloud service

3G/4G data sharing







About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.


[1] Requires compatible client devices

[2] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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