So I have had a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700v2) for a while, and yesterday I made the mistake of upgrading its firmware. With all the router stuff in the news, I thought I should do it. Because newer is better, right?
The "upgrade" brought back the bad old days in the configuration setup interface, but hey, I remember those days, so I didn't mind too much. It was prettier for a while, but I can take ugly when I look at that interface maybe once a year.
But then, several hours later, I start getting emails about my WiFi thermostats no longer phoning home. Unrelated? I don't think so (but see edit).
And sadly, Netgear has removed the old firmware version that had the prettier configuration interface, and that used to actually work. Oops.
Are there any good routers that just work? And no, I'm not in the least interested in dicking around with custom firmware, part of the "just work" package is that the damn thing shouldn't need that.
Edit: it seems that the thermostat problem wasn't in my network, and really was unrelated after all. So I guess I can live with the ugly configuration interface.
Edit2: Ok, switched to OpenWRT.