Michael BrownExeutive 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.

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.

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.’

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?

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.

Smappee

Weird name, cool tool: Smappee monitors and reports energy consumption for each of your home's appliances

Manufacturer says its $249 smart energy monitor will pay for itself within one year.

Perfect Bake

Perfect Bake review: A novel and high-tech (but not better) way of baking

Sometimes the old way is the best way.

DTS Play-Fi speakers

DTS takes on Sonos: We go ears-on with three Play-Fi multi-room audio devices

Everybody wants a piece of the market Sonos opened to the masses. DTS’s effort is the most interesting so far.

Samsung HW-H750

Samsung HW-H750 Wireless Audio Soundbar review: Tube amp, shmoobe amp

The technology claims made for this product just don’t pass the smell test.

Skybell 2.0

Knock Knock! Who’s there? It's Skybell Version 2.0!

What could be better than a camera on your front porch? A Wi-Fi camera integrated into your doorbell that alerts you when someone is at your door.