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.

Netgear R6400

Netgear announces its R6400 Wi-Fi router, marking its third year shipping 802.11ac hardware

Replacement for the R6300 promises higher performance, easier installation.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro review: More than just lighting control

It’s far from perfect, but it’s a more complete solution than what the competition offers for now.

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Insteon Smart Hub Pro vs Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Battle of the HomeKit hubs: Lutron Caseta versus Insteon

Has Apple cracked the connected-home conundrum? Not if these two products are any indication.

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Insteon Smart Hub Pro

Insteon Smart Hub Pro review: An old pro turns its attention to HomeKit

Insteon has one of the deepest catalogs in the connected-home market, but only a fraction of its products work with this hub.

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ZyXel NWA1123-AC

ZyXel NWA1123-AC Wireless Access Point review: Made for business, but great for the home, too

This versatile networking device has more features than many homeowners really need, but advanced users will dig it.

sears connected home

Sears opens new high-tech home showroom as it goes all-in on connected homes

The nationwide retailer is expanding its connected-home inventory online and in hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores.

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Linksys WRT high-gain antenna

Linksys ships high-gain replacement router antennas

Available in 2- and 4-packs, the antennas promise to extend the range of any Wi-Fi router with an RP-SMA mount.

Inmarsat IsatHub

Inmarsat Isathub review: When better than nothing is very nearly priceless

Expensive and slow is usually a bad combo; but this pricey device delivers Internet and phone service in places nothing else can, thanks to orbiting satellites.

Myfox home alarm and camera

Myfox brings its innovative security camera, home alarm, and French fashion sense to U.S. markets

We’ll wait for review units to determine if the reality lives up to the hype, but an early hands-on look left us impressed.

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roost battery

The Roost Smart Battery available for pre-order today is a better product than what was demoed last October

Time, and a key design improvement, has changed my opinion of this smoke-alarm battery.

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vivint home hub

Vivint rolls out 100Mbps wireless home Internet service for $60 per month

ISP says its new service is “tailor-made for suburban America,” but infrastructure requirements mean metropolitan and rural areas will be passed over during early deployment.

Edyn garden sensor

Edyn smart garden probe review: A promising idea that needs time to blossom

It might be great for raising a single plant or a very small bed, but it didn’t work in my garden.

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Nest Cam

Nest Labs revamps its entire product line: Goodbye Dropcam, hello Nest Cam

Nest Cam will be Nest Labs' first security camera. The company also announced a second-generation Nest Protect, and new software for its Nest Learning Thermostat.

Canary home-security system

Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera

This cloud-based security system delivers features galore, but it’s far from perfect.

homekit

Apple announces modest changes to its HomeKit platform at WWDC 2015

Support for new sensor classes motorized window shades coming with iOS 9, Siri control with watchOS 2.0.