Michael BrownSenior Editor, TechHive

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Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive property, 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. Michael also reviews home-networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Chromecast vlc

VLC media player to support Chromecast soon

The free and open-source software is about to become even more versatile.

Eero Wi-Fi router

Eero shakes up the Wi-Fi market, announces $1 million in preorders for its new wireless mesh router

The company will end its significant pre-sale discounts on February 15.

Linksys EA9200

Linksys EA9200 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Rich features, poor performance

Networking newbies will find this router easy to set up and use, but its performance doesn’t justify its high price tag.

Oral-B Pro 5000

Oral-B Pro 5000 Bluetooth toothbrush review: Don’t buy it for its Bluetooth feature

This is a great electric toothbrush, but its companion app has a bummer of a limitation.

Eero Wi-Fi router

The wireless router reinvented: Eero brings mesh networking to consumer Wi-Fi

With the financial backing of some of Silicon Valley’s heavy hitters, this startup could succeed where so many have failed.

TP-Link Archer C8

TP-Link Archer C8 Wi-Fi router review: A solid price-to-performance ratio saves this otherwise mundane router

If price ranks higher than features on your router shopping list, the Archer C8 could win you over.

Dish Network adds Netflix support to its Hopper DVR

Dish will offer a Reverse AutoHop for the Super Bowl, showing only the commercials

The day after the big game, subscribers who enjoy the commercials more than the action on the field can skip past all the boring parts.

Cree vs GE Link LED light bulbs

Battle of the connected LED light bulbs: Cree Connected Soft White vs. GE Link

LED light bulbs are far more energy efficient than incandescent models, Cree and GE now make them more convenient, too. But which is the better bulb?

Cree LED connected light bulb

Cree jumps into the connected LED bulb market

The LED lighting pioneer adds ZigBee connectivity to its energy-efficient consumer lighting lineup without changing the bulb's basic industrial design.

The Smart House

The 6 best (and 4 worst) smart-home products we saw at CES 2015

CES was the year of the connected home, but that doesn't mean every product we saw on the show floor deserves a gold star.

First Alert Onlink

First Alert delivers a connected-home portfolio with a personal twist: A smartwatch

The Onelink series includes everything from smoke detectors that talk to a Wi-Fi safe you unlock with your smartphone, so why is none of it integrated?

Meridian Audio

Meridian Audio’s MQA technology is the best product at CES so far

This encoding technology makes it possible for recording artists to distribute their work in studio-master quality—and you don’t need mind-numbingly expensive gear to enjoy to it.

designer series insynctive  copy

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.