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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Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive

This garage door controller Wi-Fi retrofit kit has some advanced features, but that might not be enough to justify its high price tag.

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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 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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Kleverness Smart Lighting review: This hub-based lighting system is unfinished and expensive

Smart light switches and dimmers are often superior to smart light bulbs, but the Kleverness system is most certainly not.

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Friday Smart Lock review: After changing hands, Friday is relaunched with one key upgrade

An innovative smart lock re-emerges under new ownership, but some of this revised product's flaws remain in place.

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Yale Assure Lever with Connected by August review: Yale lets you ditch its own app for August’s

Alas, Yale’s hardware and August’s wireless technology make for truly unhappy bedfellows.

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Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub review: The smart garage controller to beat is also the least expensive

This wire-free smart controller doesn’t just work well, it’s also priced to move (just be aware of the cost to control a second door opener).

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Philips Hue Smart Plug review: Just the basics, except for the price tag

Is the Philips brand name worth double the price for a commodity smart plug?

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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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U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation

With a crack fingerprint reader and a capable app, this smart lock ultimately overcomes its setup difficulties.

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Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

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Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera review: This jumble of components won’t work for everyone

Adding the Netatmo Smart Siren and Netatmo Smart Door and Window Sensors to a Netatmo Indoor Camera yields a somewhat simple home security system.

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Luke Roberts Model F Smart Pendant Lamp review: A pricey, high-end smart light with a bevy of configuration options

It’s Bluetooth-only, however, so you can’t integrate it into the rest of your smart home.

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Philips Hue Smart Button review: Drop a switch for your Hue lights just about anywhere

This toggle button is surprisingly capable, but it can’t control other smart lighting systems.