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.

Ooma Telo base station at CES

Ooma is adding DIY home security monitoring to its free VoIP phone service

After slashing the cost of home phone service, the company aims to do the same for home security.

Opcom GrowFrame

Opcom Farm’s GrowBox and GrowWall let you raise vegetable crops indoors

You don’t need soil with these hydroponic systems, and you’ll have fresh veggies year ‘round.

Vivint Sky control panel

Smart home service provider Vivint introduces Sky, for an even smarter smart home

Leveraging sensors, door locks, thermostats, Amazon’s Alexa, and other components, Sky promises to create an intelligent home.

D-Link DCS-8000LH, DCS-8700LH, DCS-8100LH home security cameras

D-Link shows off three new home security cameras in its Connected Home series

All three cameras deliver 720p resolution, microSD storage, night vision, and IFTTT support.

D-Link Covr DKT-883

D-Link’s Covr home networking line pairs a high-end router with wireless and powerline range extenders

It’s a hub-and-spoke system today, but D-Link says mesh networking is on the horizon.

Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi gaming router

Linksys unveils a bad-ass router for gamers: The Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router

The wireless router integrates the Killer Prioritization Engine for gaming PCs equipped with Killer network adapters.

Linksys Velop primary

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

It might be a little late to the mesh-networking party, but Linksys is showing a winner at CES.

Lenovo Smart Assistant

Lenovo moves into the smart home market with an Amazon Alexa-powered speaker and a 6TB NAS box

The Lenovo Smart Assistant will be priced $50 below Amazon’s Echo; the NAS box has onboard facial-recognition software for digital photos.

Soundcast VG1 front

Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth speaker review: Incredibly big sound from an itty-bitty waterproof box

The sound that emerges from this small, rugged speaker defies expectations.

Canary Flex

Canary Flex security camera review: The perfect companion to the original Canary

But if you’re not already vested in that ecosystem, there are better outdoor security cameras.

Fibaro motion sensor

HomeKit-compatible sensors from Fibaro bring new capabilities to Apple’s smart-home platform

Motion, flood, and door/window sensors help protect your home and can interact with other smart devices.

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Comcast Xifinity Home

Comcast adds new voice-controlled lighting devices to its Xfinity Home smart home system

GE-branded switches and smart plugs, plus Sengled Element Touch smart bulbs, can now be operated with voice commands in Comcast's Xfinity Home system.

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Google WiFi group

Google Wifi review: Mesh networking made easy

It’s not the right router for everyone, but there’s plenty to like and it’s priced right.

Amazon Echo top

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

Smart Remote

The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.