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.

Myfox Home Security

Myfox Home Security review: Reality fails to live up to the promise of the demo

One great component does not a great system make.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

TP-Link TL-PA8030P Kit

TP-Link ships its first HomePlug AV2 with MIMO powerline network adapter

The new adapters have not one but three gigabit ethernet ports, plus, a 16-amp electrical pass-through.

3.hbo now

More cracks appear in the pay-TV wall as HBO Now comes to Verizon broadband

HBO’s Internet-only subscription service is now available to Verizon’s FiOS and high-speed Internet customers.

iGrill Mini

iGrill Mini review: Barbecue like a pro with this affordable smart temperature sensor

This Bluetooth temperature probe babysits the food so you don't have to, alerting you via smartphone at just the right time.

Moca vs HomePlug

Powerline vs MoCA: Which alternative networking technology is the best?

Wi-Fi is great, except when it can’t reach where you need it to go. We measure the performance of two alternatives.

TiVo Roamio OTA

TiVo Roamio OTA review: This DVR would be a cord-cutter’s dream machine, if not for the subscription fee

The hardware is cheap, but not everyone will want to pay for the service, as powerful as it is.

sonos tone

Sonos announces the Play 1:Tone, its second limited-edition speaker

The $250 Sonos Play:1 Tone is very subtly different from the original Play:1, but unlike the Blue Note Play:1, it has no tie-in with a record label.

Archt One speaker

Archt One all-in-one speaker review: Call it the anti-stereo

This versatile speaker can play music from just about any source, but it won’t produce stereo from any of them.

Netgear R6400

Netgear announces its R6400 Wi-Fi router, marking its third year shipping 802.11ac hardware

Replacement for the R6300 promises higher performance, easier installation.

Insteon Smart Hub Pro

Insteon Smart Hub Pro review: An old pro turns its attention to HomeKit

Insteon has one of the deepest catalogs in the connected-home market, but only a fraction of its products work with this hub.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro review: More than just lighting control

It’s far from perfect, but it’s a more complete solution than what the competition offers for now.

Insteon Smart Hub Pro vs Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Battle of the HomeKit hubs: Lutron Caseta versus Insteon

Has Apple cracked the connected-home conundrum? Not if these two products are any indication.

ZyXel NWA1123-AC

ZyXel NWA1123-AC Wireless Access Point review: Made for business, but great for the home, too

This versatile networking device has more features than many homeowners really need, but advanced users will dig it.

sears connected home

Sears opens new high-tech home showroom as it goes all-in on connected homes

The nationwide retailer is expanding its connected-home inventory online and in hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores.