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.

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Buffalo AirStation Extreme WXR-1900DHPD review: Open-source firmware is supposed to be a good thing

Thumbs up for offering open-source firmware, Buffalo, but make sure it exposes all the router's features.

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Linksys EA7500 Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO made affordable (but no more useful)

This router is a good performer, but it's too early in the game to pay more for multi-user MIMO.

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Best AC1900 Wi-Fi router: Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD vs. Linksys EA7500

Open-source firmware fans will be attracted to the DD-WRT NXT firmware Buffalo chose, but Linksys has built the better router.

nest thermostat

Nest makes its thermostat, security camera, and smoke detector more family friendly

New Family Accounts and Home/Away Assist features take into account the fact that most homes have more than one occupant.

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C-Life and C-Sleep

C by GE smart LED bulb review: Much smarter than your average bulb

GE’s C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs are a good choice for those who aren’t ready to go whole hog on the connected home.

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Yamaha YSP-1600 MusicCast sound bar review: Much better with soundtracks than music

This will be a big step up from just about any TV’s speakers, but it can be too bright for music.

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Yamaha MusicCast

Yamaha MusicCast review: This multi-room audio system is better than expected

There's support for Bluetooth and AirPlay in addition to Yamaha's own technology, but is it better than Sonos?

Yamaha WX-030

Yamaha WX-030 MusicCast wireless speaker review: Sonos draws its strongest challenger

This excellent speaker is part of a strong multi-room audio system.

sense

Meet Sense. It’s like Amazon’s Echo, but with eyes and ears instead of ears and a mouth

This connected-home hub connects to the cloud, but keeps all your data local and private, including the video from its onboard security camera.

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sony x850d

Better than OLED? That’s the pitch Sony is making for its high-end LCD TVs

Sony announces pricing and availability of the TVs it announced at CES.

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Charbroil

Char-Broil Simple Smoker review: Better than any barbecue (but the app sucks)

It doesn’t entirely live up to its promise to take the guesswork out of smoking your food, but the results are delectable nonetheless.

Sunbrite outdoor TV

Sunbrite SB-4670HD review: In snow, rain, or heat; you can watch the Super Bowl from anywhere on this outdoor TV

This thoroughly weatherized display proved tough enough to survive a rare California hailstorm and tornado warning, too.

Aerelight OLED desk lamp

Aerelight A1 OLED desk lamp review: Beautiful, but not as practical as it could be

OLEDs don’t need to be small, and they’re not just for TVs.

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18 of the most-innovative connected-home products at CES 2016

Despite the standards battles being fought behind the scenes, new smart-home products were all over the CES show floor this year.

TP-Link Talon AD7200

TP-Link’s Talon AD7200 is a true tri-band router, operating on the 2.4-, 5.0-, and 60GHz bands

Home-networking device operates both 802.11ac and 802.11ad networks.