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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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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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi review: Recent upgrades pile on the control options

Added support for Nest and IFTTT brings Leviton’s Wi-Fi-based smart products closer to a buy rating.

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Nanoleaf Remote review: The smartest d12 on the block

This avant-garde approach to smart home control needs refinement.

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Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

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Halo Home Anyplace Bluetooth Dimmer Switch review: It's not as good as the lights it's designed to control

Eaton’s slim smart dimmer switch only works with its own lights, but it’s not as good as they are.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This solid, if basic, security system gets a modest upgrade

Stepping cautiously, Abode expands from security into the broader smart-home ecosystem.

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Swann Smart Home Alarm System (model SSH-KIT01) review: This budget security system is short on capabilities.

This budget-priced kit has a long way to go to compete in an increasingly crowded market.

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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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