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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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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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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Rachio 3e Smart Sprinkler Controller review: A budget version from the market leader

The new budget-priced smart sprinkler controller from Rachio is a great value if don't need to irrigate more than eight zones. It's too early to judge Rachio's new Thrive fertilizer service.

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The best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

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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. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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Tips and best practices for optimizing your smart home

Looking to build out a smart home? These 12 key pieces of advice will turn you into a master.

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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review: A new excuse to party by the pool

This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and it can sync up with up to 100 others of the same make and model.

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Anker Soundcore Wakey bedside speaker review: Booming audio, with a side of wireless charging

Use your Apple or Samsung smartphone to configure this Bluetooth speaker, then drop it on top to charge it.

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Treatlife Smart Dimmer review: A generic switch with generic performance

The good news is that adding this Wi-Fi switch to your smart home won't cost much.

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Morel Högtalare Bluetooth speaker review: High-end audio meets Ikea design

This dual-tweeter wireless loudspeaker blends in with your décor and it kills it in the quality department, too.

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How to prepare your home for emergencies (like the one we’re going through right now)

These 15 tips will raise your home preparedness game and fortify your defenses against, well, just about anything.

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The best smart garage door controllers deliver convenience and peace of mind

Even if you use your garage only as an oversized storage locker, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a smart controller for your existing garage door opener.

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iSmartgate Pro review: This smart garage door opener fails to deliver on its big promises

This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.