The fritzbox firmware is also coded in Germany
Unfortunately their success is also their downfall.
The hardware is great, and the capabilities of the fritzbox in terms of value for money is second to none.
They are by no means cheap, but considering, that for about €230,- (7490, their flagship), you have a full blown PBX, with either one analogue line or one ISDN line, plus up to 10 VoIP lines, 2 wired phones, 6 (or was it 7?) DECT phones, 10 VoIP phones, NAS capability with Media Server, VPN client/server, call blocker, fax send/receive, multiple answering machines (up to five which can activate depending on rules) AC accesspoint, with the latest firmware you can just plug in a 3G stick and run your internet connection over that, and lots more.
No, I don't work for AVM, although I ran the field testing for them years ago in order to make sure ANNEX A (DSL over POTS) was working on their DSL modems, as they initially only built it for the German market, which uses ANNEX B (DSL over ISDN).
I think they have a market share of over 50% (more guessed, than facts, but you will find that even the non techy knows the Fritz!Box in Germany).
Personally, I don't know ANY router, that you get some much value for your money.
Granted, 180 quid is not money, that you just splash out without blinkin an eyelid, but they are also one of the securest routers and firmware is also reasonably frequent.
yes, they also had theyr security desasters, but they at least fixed it with a reasonable (consumer) time frame. The first fixes where available within about a week of known issue.
PS. while I did do some work for hem many years ago, I haven't had any relationship with them for the last few years apart from owning several.