Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Charbroil

Char-Broil Simple Smoker review: Better than any barbecue (but the app sucks)

It doesn’t entirely live up to its promise to take the guesswork out of smoking your food, but the results are delectable nonetheless.

Sunbrite outdoor TV

Sunbrite SB-4670HD review: In snow, rain, or heat; you can watch the Super Bowl from anywhere on this outdoor TV

This thoroughly weatherized display proved tough enough to survive a rare California hailstorm and tornado warning, too.

Aerelight OLED desk lamp

Aerelight A1 OLED desk lamp review: Beautiful, but not as practical as it could be

OLEDs don’t need to be small, and they’re not just for TVs.

vivint ping

18 of the most-innovative connected-home products at CES 2016

Despite the standards battles being fought behind the scenes, new smart-home products were all over the CES show floor this year.

TP-Link Talon AD7200

TP-Link’s Talon AD7200 is a true tri-band router, operating on the 2.4-, 5.0-, and 60GHz bands

Home-networking device operates both 802.11ac and 802.11ad networks.

Hopper 3 with HopperGO

Dish Network’s Hopper 3 DVR records 16 TV shows at once; can display four 1080p windows on the same 4K TV

And with the satellite-TV service provider's new HopperGO, you can you take up to 100 hours of recorded content on the road.

samsung 2016 tv front

Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs are also connected-home hubs; among the first to earn Ultra HD Premium certification

New models feature integrated smart hubs to control more than 200 Smart Things devices.

Cassia Bluetooth Hub

Cassia Networks is building a Bluetooth router

The Cassia Hub can control up to 22 Bluetooth devices and boosts Bluetooth range up to 1000 feet.

Linksys CES 2015

Linksys aims to take the hassle out of home networking with new flagship router, other gear

In other news, you can finally get DD-WRT firmware for Linksys' WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and WRT1900ACS routers.

Netatmo presence home security camera

Netatmo’s Presence is a smart home security camera/outdoor floodlight mashup

Onboard AI can distinguish between people, animals, and cars; LED floodlight activates when motion is detected, to capture full-color video at night.

Iris family of products

Lowe’s adds professional monitoring to its connected-home offering

Iris by Lowe’s users now have the option of having emergency responders dispatched when alarms sound.

Netgear CES 2015

Netgear's Nighthawk routers, range extenders supercharge your network with MU-MIMO

The networking company also announced retail availability of its Arlo Q indoor home security camera.

nitrobrew kit

NitroBrew nitrogen injector review: This setup will make any beer taste smoother

You no longer need to go to your favorite brewpub to enjoy a nitrogenated beverage.

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Amazon e-reader comparison

Kindle vs Fire: How to choose the right Amazon e-reader

So you’ve narrowed the e-reader field to Amazon’s lineup. We’ll help you pick the right model for your needs.

Smart-home gifts

5 awesome gifts for smart-home enthusiasts

Armed with this gift guide, you can transform an ordinary house into a smart and secure home for the modern age.