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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Best smart lock for a keyless home

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

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SimpliSafe Essentials review: Fundamental, hassle-free home security

This revamped SimpliSafe system brings DIY security to the masses, although it limits you to using SimpliSafe’s gear.

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Nest Secure

Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest’s sleek—yet limited—security offering.

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LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

This smart lighting kit will give your walls some dynamic visual flair.

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SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit Plus review: Built by techies, for techies

It’s short on handholding, but SkylinkNet’s SK-250 kit is a good-enough security offering (though not recommended for beginners).

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Samsung SmartThings primary

Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business

With massive device support and a simple interface, it’s hard to beat SmartThings to anchor your smart home.

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LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

We like the color-tunable bulb best, but all three are good values.

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Fibaro smart plug

Fibaro Wall Plug with USB review: Does light make right?

This pricey smart plug offers ground effects and solid energy-monitoring features.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

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GE smart lighting controls

GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

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Brightswitch review: This light switch plus Android smartphone adds up to a mess

You can watch YouTube on a light switch, not that you’ll want to.

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader

With onboard controls and cleaner connectors, this sprinkler system is better than ever.

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