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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Wyze Sprinkler Controller review: 8 zones, 50 bucks

A dirt-cheap way to take care of what’s in your dirt.

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Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

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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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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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BrillLock Fingerprint Door Lock review: Biometric security on a budget

This fingerprint-scanning lock lacks smart features, and it has more bugs than I’d want on my front door.

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Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug review: This plug’s performance problems kill it from the start

Scheduling is in the Wemo app is dead on arrival with this outdoor smart outlet.

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Emporia energy-monitoring smart plug review: Power management on a budget

This bargain-priced smart plug offers some features its better-known competitors don’t.

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Meross Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener review: A budget price makes this system worth the setup hassles

If you need a wired controller, Meross’ option should be on your shopping list.

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Connected Max Smart LED review: Cree Lighting ups its game with a new line of color tunable bulbs

And at just $10 each for color-changing bulbs, it’s aggressively attacking the value space.

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Meross Smart WiFi Plug review: This simplistic indoor smart plug is too rough around the edges to recommend

Communication troubles between HomeKit and Meross’ app hamstring setup.

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Eaton Wi-Fi smart universal dimmer review: Great on paper, less thrilling in person

Eaton’s latest smart home product line depends on Alexa—the app, not necessarily the speaker.

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Ring Mailbox Sensor Review: With this gadget, the postman needn’t ring at all

Ring’s new sensor gives you a heads-up when the mail arrives, but its limited range won’t work for everyone.

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Kwikset Halo Touch review: This smart lock jettisons the keypad and adds a fingerprint reader

Even better news: A revamped exterior design corrects Kwikset’s most glaring flaw.

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Blue by ADT home security system review: ADT takes another shot at the DIY security space

Blue is a vast improvement over ADT’s first smart home security system, but bugs remain.