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.

Switchmate

Switchmate makes your home lighting smart without any changes to your wiring

Hardware startup kicks off crowd-funding campaign with plans to expand its product offering.

Panasonic Nubo security camera

Panasonic announces Nubo, a ‘Dropcam killer’ at Mobile World Congress

The Nubo IP security camera can run in locations where Dropcam can't, but it won’t be available in the U.S. until 2016.

Nyrius Aries Home+

Nyrius Aries Home+ review: Now you can cut the HDMI cord, too

With this transmitter/receiver pair, you can stream uncompressed 1080p video and Dolby Digital audio up to 100 feet without wires.

EnGenius eds8015

EnGenius launches new outdoor networking and video surveillance systems

Products include weatherized 802.11ac access points and night-vision cameras.

Neo smart jar

The Neo smart jar joins the increasingly connected kitchen

This crowd-funded product lends a whole new meaning to the phrase “bean counter.”

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.

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.

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.

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.