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.

Linksys Velop primary

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

It might be a little late to the mesh-networking party, but Linksys is showing a winner at CES.

Lenovo Smart Assistant

Lenovo moves into the smart home market with an Amazon Alexa-powered speaker and a 6TB NAS box

The Lenovo Smart Assistant will be priced $50 below Amazon’s Echo; the NAS box has onboard facial-recognition software for digital photos.

UHD Blu-ray Player comparison

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

Soundcast VG1 front

Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth speaker review: Incredibly big sound from an itty-bitty waterproof box

The sound that emerges from this small, rugged speaker defies expectations.

Canary Flex

Canary Flex security camera review: The perfect companion to the original Canary

But if you’re not already vested in that ecosystem, there are better outdoor security cameras.

Fibaro motion sensor

HomeKit-compatible sensors from Fibaro bring new capabilities to Apple’s smart-home platform

Motion, flood, and door/window sensors help protect your home and can interact with other smart devices.

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Comcast Xifinity Home

Comcast adds new voice-controlled lighting devices to its Xfinity Home smart home system

GE-branded switches and smart plugs, plus Sengled Element Touch smart bulbs, can now be operated with voice commands in Comcast's Xfinity Home system.

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Google WiFi group

Google Wifi review: Mesh networking made easy

It’s not the right router for everyone, but there’s plenty to like and it’s priced right.

Amazon Echo top

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

Smart Remote

The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.

netatmo presence on wood siding

Netatmo Presence review: This outdoor home security camera/floodlight justifies its high price tag

It costs almost twice as much as some of its closest competitors, but you’ll only pay once because there are no subscription fees.

LampChamp

LampChamp light-socket USB charger review: It’s kinda handy

This gadget turns most any lamp into a readily accessible USB charger.

roost smart smoke alarm with battery

Roost Smart Smoke Alarm RSA-400 review: It’s all about that battery

This 4-in-1 smoke detector comes with a smart back-up battery, but that’s as high as it raises the bar.

Harmony Elite with Amazon Echo

Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls

Own an Echo and a Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote? You can now control your entertainment system with voice commands.

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Google Wifi

Google's Wifi deploys several small routers to blanket your home with Wi-Fi

Surprisingly few details have been revealed about Google's $129 wireless router, despite the company's plans to take preorders in November and deliver it in December.