Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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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Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera review: This jumble of components won’t work for everyone

Adding the Netatmo Smart Siren and Netatmo Smart Door and Window Sensors to a Netatmo Indoor Camera yields a somewhat simple home security system.

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Luke Roberts Model F Smart Pendant Lamp review: A pricey, high-end smart light with a bevy of configuration options

It’s Bluetooth-only, however, so you can’t integrate it into the rest of your smart home.

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Philips Hue Smart Button review: Drop a switch for your Hue lights just about anywhere

This toggle button is surprisingly capable, but it can’t control other smart lighting systems.

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Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

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Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED review: You don’t need a bridge to operate this line of smart bulbs

The bulbs are fine, but the Wiz Connected app isn’t nearly as polished as its Philips Hue stablemate.

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Legrand Smart Tru-Universal review: DIY controllers from a manufacturer that more typically caters to custom installers

These smart dimmers and smart plugs are HomeKit compatible, but you can control any of them with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

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SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

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Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

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Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

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Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

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Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

Make your dumb ceiling fan or fireplace smart today with this Wi-Fi bridge, and it might enable you to do the same for your air conditioner and other appliances later.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug review: No hub required, but wear your debugging hat

It’s affordable enough, but ultimately not worth your time in its present state.

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Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricey biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

Thanks to an external hub, Lockly can now be accessed remotely.

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Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb review: A $10 bulb built for the SmartThingsverse

Samsung SmartThings users will want to check out this inexpensive, dimmable, Zigbee, white-only LED smart bulb, but be aware of its limitations before you plop down your 10 bucks.

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