Re: I've had a dim view of Netgear since about 2008.
"in fairness you can say that pretty much about all router vendors"
I tend to agree, but over the past 3-4 years I've been using Fritz equipment at home and I'm quite impressed. Not perfect, but settings are in XML at least and you don't lose them when you upgrade firmware, and there are typically one or two firmware updates a year. Old kit is also well supported with updates.