RobertF64 saidThey reversed their stance.
Cisco (professional) or Netgear for me. Linksys, not a fan from a hardware POV.
Commentary following that article seems to dispute that Cisco truly reversed anything, just corporate PR double-talk. Their right to do involuntary upgrades that force you to use their cloud remains, as well as their gathering and sharing user data for their own monetary gain.
The upgrade still happens, you still get no choice to decline it, but now owners can go back and manually reinstall the previous firmware, avoiding cloud use. And how many will know this, know how to do it, and bother to do it? Check out the comments and judge for yourself.
It's like someone comes to your house and paints it blue without your permission. "But don't worry," they reply to your objections, "You're free to paint it back to white again, once we're finished." The argument online seems to be that use of the cloud should be optional up-front, not after it's been installed automatically, locking out users until they consent, and then requiring a manual removal procedure by the owner.