Re: I've had a dim view of Netgear since about 2008.
Similar bad experiences with Netgear, but with one exception - their unmanaged switches aka, the little blue metal boxes. I never think twice about lobbing one into the mix and probably have 3 dotted around the house currently. In 20 years I've had one fail - and technically it was the PSU/wall-wart that gave up. In fact they're so ubiquitous, it took me ages to realise what had failed.