Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Caavo Control Center review: This universal remote unifies not just your devices but your streaming services, too

By dropping a new piece of hardware into your entertainment center, Caavo aims to truly unite the lot of it.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

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LifeShield Home Security Advantage review: The whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts

Setup headaches and operational flubs dampen our enthusiasm for this professionally monitored security system’s minimal price tag.

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Honeywell Home Smart Home Security Starter Kit review: Is this super-simple security system worth the big bucks?

With no professional monitoring option and a sky-high price tag, this alarm system won’t be for everyone.

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Brilliant Control review: Impressive blend of switch and smart home controller, but there’s room for improvement

Still using toggles to turn on the lights? Try this sleek touch panel instead.

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iDevices Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet review: Smart home control—no hub required

These platform-agnostic in-wall devices look good and work with a wide range of voice assistants.

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Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

While the design feels like a beta, this ingenious product raises the bar of what smart locks can do.

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Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional

A certain degree of pride comes with building out your own smart home, but there’s no shame in hiring a pro.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

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Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

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Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

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Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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