You probably don’t give your router any thought once you’ve shoved that spidery doodad with all the antennae under your TV, in a cabinet, or behind the shoes in your closet. You buy it, install it, and forget about it until something goes wrong. Then you unplug it and plug it back in, or type in a weird URL that starts with 192.168 to change the settings, or just toss it and go back to Best Buy, where you spend as little as possible on another one. Rinse and repeat.
But over the last year, stalwarts like Netgear and Linksys, plus newcomers like Eero and Google, started shipping routers you might consider usable and attractive—two adjectives you never thought you might see describing a router.