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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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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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. We help you choose the right system for your home-automation needs.

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Eufy Security EufyCam 2 Pro 2K review: A solid boost in video quality (but nothing else) in this Best Buy exclusive

The Pro upgrade takes Eufy’s indoor/outdoor cam kit to nearly 3 megapixels.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price

The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor review: Wyze enters the world of outdoor security with a dirt-cheap camera

Ruggedized for the elements, battery-powered—and priced at just $50.

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Jasco Enbrighten Zigbee In-Wall Smart Dimmer review: Wiring novice? Jasco’s idiot-proof switch has you covered

Wiring can be confusing, so Jasco offers a simplified workaround.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review: The best-known retrofit smart lock gets Wi-Fi—and shrinks its footprint

Despite a rocky wireless implementation, August cements its place as one of the top smart lock contenders.

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Best universal remote control

Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

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Lockly Vision review: A smart lock and a video doorbell in one well-made device

This monolithic smart lock successfully brings two worlds together.

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Eufy Security Smart Lock Touch review: Eufy’s first smart lock is a little too rough around the edges

A buggy fingerprint reader spoils Eufy’s biggest selling point.

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SmartDry laundry sensor review: This quick fix can make your old, dumb clothes dryer smart(er)

This inexpensive wireless sensor can reduce the amount of energy your home consumes drying your laundry.

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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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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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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.