I agree with you on this one. Asus do have a few firmware bugs, but all of their products run 3rd party firmware, incase the bugs affect you -- Yes, I am not employed and looking for IT work. Have passport, will travel.
Love my RT-N666U. Way I see it, if their good good enough for my Mobo, its good enough for my router. They actually care about the internal parts and not just what feature set they include. Buffalo is decent too, but just their dd-wrt line.