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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iDevices Outdoor Switch review: A premium smart outlet you can use in the yard

This HomeKit-compatible smart outlet is protected from the weather, so you can extend the perimeter of your smart home into wet and damp locations such as your patio and porch.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Centralite 4-Series Smart Outlet review: This add-on outlet is a tiny treat

Centralite's new smart outlet is an affordable, compact choice for ZigBee ecosystems.

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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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Nanoleaf Canvas Smart Light Squares review: Nanoleaf’s wall lighting goes touch-sensitive

Nanoleaf continues to innovate in the realm of decorative home lighting. It's new Canvas Smart Light Squares open up new opportunities for creating your own illuminated wall art.

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Lockly Secure Plus Review: Biometrics comes to the smart lock

You can open this smart lock with a PIN or your uniquely identifiable fingerprint.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter review: A watchful eye for irrigation leaks

If you have a Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller, this add-on device will inform you if your irrigation system springs a leak.

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Currant WiFi Smart Outlet review: This is a nearly perfect smart plug

The smart plug market is getting crowded, but the innovative Currant Smart Outlet stands out.

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Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Lamp Dimmer Starter Kit review: A smart plug with all the fixin’s

Lutron's lamp dimmer kit can be expanded with in-wall smart dimmers, not just additional smart plugs.

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Leviton Decora Mini Plug-In Outlet (model DW15P) review: Leviton’s Wi-Fi smart plug goes on a diet

Tired of smart plugs that block adjacent outlets? Give this svelte model a try.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This entry-level smart home hub continues to evolve

With Cue, Abode takes another step toward broadening the appeal of its security-focused smart home system.

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Cove Home Security review: In search of the simplest security system

This is one of the least-expensive home security systems we've encountered (you have the option of paying nothing up front), but it can't integrate other smart home devices—including home security cameras.

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Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone remote for most environments

Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.