Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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.

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Ecobee Total Home Comfort and Security Bundle review: An underwhelming home security solution

There are excellent components in this package, but they don’t add up to a great DIY home security system.

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The best smart switches and dimmers: Lighting is the foundation of the smart home

In-wall lighting controls bring convenience, security, luxury, and sophistication into your home.

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The best smart shades: These luxurious window treatments blend high tech with high fashion

Smart, motorized shades and blinds cost a pretty penny, but do they ever bring the wow.

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Ecobee SmartCamera review: If you can tolerate a subscription, this security cam has more features than most

Nest isn’t the only thermostat maker with greater smart home ambitions.

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Powershades TruePoE motorized roller shade review: The fastest shade in the west

Leveraging power-over-ethernet technology yields quick open/close performance.

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Accell Power Dot surge protector review: A clever idea, but also a pricey one

You can plop your smart speaker in the middle of Accell Power Dot surge protector and have three outlets and four USB ports to power other devices.

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Bowers & Wilkins to offer Signature versions of its 700-series loudspeakers

Signature versions of the floor-standing 702 and stand-mount 705 feature upgraded crossovers and components, plus high-end cabinet finishes.

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Ring Solar Steplight review: Bigger, better, brighter

An integrated solar panel keeps the battery in this smart lighting device perpetually topped off.

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Aquanta water heater controller review: A smart solution for your home’s biggest energy waster

This smart home device should pay for itself quickly by slashing the amount of energy needed to heat water.

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Linksys announces $150 Max-Stream AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 router

The affordable Linksys Max-Stream AX1800 can operate as a primary router or as a node on any Linksys Max-Stream or Velop mesh network.

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Sonos Arc review: A great soundbar for any home theater, even if it’s not all that it could have been

You’ll likely need a newer TV that supports eARC to get the best that this soundbar can deliver.

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SmartAC.com says its sensors and service can predict HVAC maintenance needs and prevent costly breakdowns

With hot summer months approaching rapidly, SmartAC.com says its system and services can keep your central air conditioning operating at peak efficiency.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector review: This early-warning device can protect your home from water damage

Water damage is the most common--and most costly--risks your home will ever face. This sensor will raise the alarm almost immediately, so you can take corrective action.

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Tidal adds Dolby Atmos Music support on compatible home audio gear to its HiFi service tier

The Atmos experience will be delivered via Dolby Digital Plus.

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Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker review: The case of the missing midrange

Several smart speakers sound much better and cost much less than Belkin's Google Home-compatible effort. The wireless charging feature, however, is as handy as a pocket on a shirt.

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