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.

Ubiquiti Amplifi

Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: A different take on the mesh network

This cube-shaped router with a round touchscreen display is pretty enough, but it’s not the best performer in its price class.

Brilliant control menu

Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

If the real thing is as good as the demo, every smart-home owner will want to install these all over the house.

ZeroTouch with Alexa

Logitech adds Amazon’s Alexa skills to its ZeroTouch voice-control smartphone mount

Logitech's upgraded its ZeroTouch smartphone car mountThe new feature let you control your smart-home devices with voice commands, whether or not you have an Echo at home.

Netgear Orbi and satellite

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It's not a mesh network, but it's good enough you won't care

Orbi satellites communicate with the router, not with each other; but 4x4 backhaul enabled best-in-class performance in most of our benchmarks.

Sprint Tidal

Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.

Sony Bravia XBR-A1E OLED

Sony’s Bravia XBR-A1E OLED could be the first flat-screen TV with sound that doesn’t suck

It may not persuade home theater geeks, but Sony’s “actuator” tech, which turns the entire OLED panel into a speaker, is impressive.

Soundcast VG7

Soundcast’s VGX series of high-end outdoor wireless speakers will support Play-Fi

The 19-inch tall VG7 in particular blew us away in a demo; we didn’t hear a better Bluetooth speaker anywhere at CES.

Ooma Telo base station at CES

Ooma is adding DIY home security monitoring to its free VoIP phone service

After slashing the cost of home phone service, the company aims to do the same for home security.

Opcom GrowFrame

Opcom Farm’s GrowBox and GrowWall let you raise vegetable crops indoors

You don’t need soil with these hydroponic systems, and you’ll have fresh veggies year ‘round.

Vivint Sky control panel

Smart home service provider Vivint introduces Sky, for an even smarter smart home

Leveraging sensors, door locks, thermostats, Amazon’s Alexa, and other components, Sky promises to create an intelligent home.

D-Link Covr DKT-883

D-Link’s Covr home networking line pairs a high-end router with wireless and powerline range extenders

It’s a hub-and-spoke system today, but D-Link says mesh networking is on the horizon.

D-Link DCS-8000LH, DCS-8700LH, DCS-8100LH home security cameras

D-Link shows off three new home security cameras in its Connected Home series

All three cameras deliver 720p resolution, microSD storage, night vision, and IFTTT support.

Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi gaming router

Linksys unveils a bad-ass router for gamers: The Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router

The wireless router integrates the Killer Prioritization Engine for gaming PCs equipped with Killer network adapters.

Linksys Velop primary

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

It might be a little late to the mesh-networking party, but Linksys is showing a winner at CES.

Lenovo Smart Assistant

Lenovo moves into the smart home market with an Amazon Alexa-powered speaker and a 6TB NAS box

The Lenovo Smart Assistant will be priced $50 below Amazon’s Echo; the NAS box has onboard facial-recognition software for digital photos.