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.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kwikset SmartCode

Kwikset introduces SmartCode 916 touchscreen deadbolt that thwarts smudge attacks

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

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.