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.

asus rt ac5300

This Asus router is a powerful rebuttal to Google OnHub's stark simplicity

On paper, the RT-AC5300U looks to be the most powerful consumer router ever built.

Botvac Connected with phone

Neato Robotics’ new Botvac Connected robot vacuum sports lasers and Wi-Fi

Lasers map the area to be cleaned, while Wi-Fi connectivity lets users control the robot from anywhere using a smartphone.

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onhubrouter beauty

Google OnHub Wi-Fi router review: It's designed to coddle novices and annoy power users

On the upside, it’s a very good performer. On the downside, it makes all networking decisions for you.

D-Link DWA-192

D-Link DWA-192 review: This 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter was a ball to test

This portable 3x3 adapter was worth the wait.

Philips Hue dimmer

Philips Hue LED lighting gets a new dimmer control

Device can be mounted on the wall or detached and used as a handheld remote.

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yamaha musiccast

Yamaha unveils MusicCast, a high-fidelity multi-room audio system that will have 20-plus components by year's end

Will support for high-definition audio streams be enough to break Sonos’ iron grip on this market?

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OnHub Wi-Fi router

Google enters the Wi-Fi router market with the very different OnHub

What does the search-engine giant know about routers? We’re about to find out.

Ruark MR1 Bluetooth speakers

Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth speaker system review: Wired or wireless, these little speakers will rock your world

USB audio support would be the icing on this delicious cake, but it sounds terrific even without it.

TP-Link Archer C3200

TP-Link announces (and ships!) its first 802.11ac tri-band router, the Archer C3200

It’s priced right and early benchmarks promise good performance, but TP-Link’s new router is a wee bit light on features.

Netgear R6400

Netgear R6400 review: Netgear’s latest mid-range router is a solid value

It’s no barn burner, but it’s not a disappointment, either.

Myfox Home Security

Myfox Home Security review: Reality fails to live up to the promise of the demo

One great component does not a great system make.

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Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

TP-Link TL-PA8030P Kit

TP-Link ships its first HomePlug AV2 with MIMO powerline network adapter

The new adapters have not one but three gigabit ethernet ports, plus, a 16-amp electrical pass-through.

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More cracks appear in the pay-TV wall as HBO Now comes to Verizon broadband

HBO’s Internet-only subscription service is now available to Verizon’s FiOS and high-speed Internet customers.

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iGrill Mini

iGrill Mini review: Barbecue like a pro with this affordable smart temperature sensor

This Bluetooth temperature probe babysits the food so you don't have to, alerting you via smartphone at just the right time.

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