Michael BrownSenior Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive site, which is focused on the connected home and home entertainment markets. He's an early adopter of connected-home technology, having built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products.

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Pella (yep, the window company) enters the connected-home market

You know the connected-home is going mainstream when a company that manufactures doors, windows, shades, and blinds is embedding sensors into its products.

Sling TV logo

Dish Network launches Sling TV service: Watch live TV on the Internet for $20 per month

Disney, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and more are already on board.

Netgear Nighthawk EX7000

Netgear announces new tools for extending the range of your Wi-Fi network

The network heavyweight is showing range extenders, power-line network adapters, and a few other products at CES; but the company standing pat on the router front for now.

D-Link DIR-895L

D-Link shows off radical 802.11ac routers and Wi-Fi adapters at CES

Networking company looks to up its game in terms of Wi-Fi performance.

D-Link Connected Home Platform

D-Link significantly expands its connected-home offerings

Router manufacturer D-Link plans to open its Connected Home Platform in 2015, making it compatible with devices based on the AllSeen Alliance’s Internet of Things initiative.

Sage home-automation system

Sage home-automation and security system uses your TV as a control panel

A central hub controls lighting, door locks, cameras thermostats, and other devices; uses picture-in-picture technology to show live TV inside its user interface.

Nest and Nest Protect

‘Works with Nest’ program gains traction with 15 new smart device integrations

The Nest smart thermostat isn’t new, but it’s one of the hot trends at CES.

Kwikset SmartCode

Kwikset introduces SmartCode 916 touchscreen deadbolt that thwarts smudge attacks

The SmartCode 916 is designed to combat ‘smudge attacks.’

Kevo Plus

Kwikset announces crucial enhancements to its Kevo smart deadbolt

A new cloud/Bluetooth gateway will finally add remote control to the Kevo’s repertoire, but how much will it cost?

Linksys WRT Network Storage Bay

Linksys unveils a storage companion for its WRT-series routers, and a passel of other devices at CES 2015

The collection includes new 802.11ac routers, innovative range extenders, and high-gain antenna upgrades.

Belkin WeMo water with echo technology

Belkin significantly expands its WeMo connected-home product line at CES 2015

The whiz-bang WeMo Water with Echo Technology is easily the most interesting, but it's just one of seven all-new devices.

Samsung WAM6500

Samsung tips its hand ahead of CES, announces new wireless speakers and sound bars

In addition to wider sound bars, we’ll see a pair of new table-top speakers.

Dish Network adds Netflix support to its Hopper DVR

Dish becomes first big US TV provider to offer Netflix through your set-top box

Satellite TV service becomes the first U.S. pay-TV service to offer Netflix via its DVR.

Amazon Fire TV

HBO Go arrives on Amazon’s Fire TV streaming box

Service offerings for Amazon’s set-top box catches up with Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, but the Amazon Fire TV Stick won't get it until the spring.

Netgear Nighthawk X4

Netgear redeems the Nighthawk X4: Firmware update delivers a significant performance boost

The Nighthawk X4 got faster, but so did the Asus RT-AC87U to retain its top-dog position.