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WallyHome Starter Kit review: An ultra-budget smart sensor system

Put on your Sunday best, kids, we’re going to Sears—to pick up a water leak detector!

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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring

Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.

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Meet Hive, an all-new DIY smart home subscription service from the U.K.

The Brits want a piece of the U.S. smart home market, and they’re investing nearly $650 million to get it.

on techhive.com

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Lowe’s now offers inexpensive professional monitoring with its Iris smart home service

Subscribers can now get police or fire dispatched in response to break-ins or emergencies.

on techhive.com

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Comcast takes on today's best routers with Xfinity xFi, a cloud-based service for home-network and broadband management

Comcast's new xFi Advanced Wireless Gateway is powered by an 8x8, 160MHz, 802.11ac Wave 2 radio and also supports Thread, ZigBee, and Bluetooth LE.

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Wink Hub 2 review: This second-generation smart-home hub is one of the best choices for do-it-yourselfers

Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE, or Wi-Fi, the second-generation Wink Hub can control every aspect of your smart home.

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Amazon wants to put a smart, Alexa-powered camera in your bedroom with Echo Look

The $200 Echo Look contains a hands-free, LED-lit camera that will take photos on command and analyze the stylishness of your outfit.

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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

An update rolling out to Google Home this week will let you get step-by-step instructions for more than 5 million recipes from Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Food Network, and others.

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Notion Home Awareness Starter Kit review: Smarter sensors, but limited control

This unconventional smart home system lets you know what’s going on in your house, but you’ll need other hardware do anything about it.

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TP-Link Deco M5 router review: This mesh network comes with a side of antivirus

Much more than a me-too product, the Deco M5 delivers both innovation and performance.

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43% off TP-Link Smart LED Wi-Fi Light Bulb, 50W Dimmable and Alexa Compatible - Deal Alert

TP-Link has discounted its smart bulb 43% to just $20. Use the Kasa app to turn on/off and dim from anywhere in the world. Set up a schedule, set the mood, and even control with your voice via an Alexa-enabled device such as Echo or Dot.

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Scout Alarm review: This DIY security system lacks polish

Our evaluation experience left us unimpressed and somewhat skeptical.

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iHome iSP6 and iSP8 SmartPlug reviews: An easy entree into the smart home

From ease of set up through broad compatibility, including with Apple's HomeKit, these smart plugs hit nearly every mark.

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New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker’s footprint in the smart home

Vivint, Wink, and 11 other other brands add ‘OK Google’ to their vocabularies.