Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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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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August Smart Lock (2nd Generation) review: Upgrade your locks without touching the exterior mechanism

This retrofit kit looks stylish while adding “smart” features, and it’s great for renters because it doesn’t change the lock itself.

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Yale Real Living Assure Lock review: An atypically poor effort from a leading manufacturer

This Bluetooth-only smart deadbolt is a distant also-ran.

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Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 02 review: A smart lock work-in-progress

It looks good, but it needs fine-tuning.

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Yale Real Living T1L review: A good choice for pairing with a Z-Wave smart-home hub

If Bluetooth’s not your bag, here’s one way to incorporate your door locks into your smart home.

Wink Hub 2 primary

Wink Hub 2 review: This second-generation smart-home hub is one of the best choices for do-it-yourselfers

Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE, or Wi-Fi, the second-generation Wink Hub can control every aspect of your smart home.

Best white LED smart bulbs

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Color smart bulbs are fun, but white bulbs are a lot more practical. We’ll help you find the right one for your needs.

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Feit Electric Intellibulb review: ColorChoice, Switch to Dim, Dusk to Dawn, and Motion Activated

These four bulbs give you a degree of control over color temperature, brightness, and other settings without need for a hub or a smartphone app.

Logitech POP Button

Logitech POP Smart Button Kit review: Press here to quickly control your smart home devices

Now integrated with HomeKit, Logitech’s POP button offers simple (but expensive) command over other devices.

Geeni Energi smart plug

Geeni Energi energy-tracking Wi-Fi smart plug review: An affordable smart plug with a bonus feature

This smart plug will track and report on your energy consumption, and it’s compatible with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, too.

Geeni Lux and Geeni Prisma

Geeni Smart Bulb reviews: We put the budget-priced Lux 800 and Prisma 450 to the test

Can $25 Wi-Fi light bulbs compete with better-known but more-expensive offerings?

Ooma Home Security

Ooma Home Security review: The Ooma Telo VoIP telephone system gets a security upgrade

Just add sensors to turn your landline system into a simple security box.

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Wink Relay review: This smart switch is an oversized upgrade

Pair these switches with the Wink Hub, and you'll gain a touchscreen, an intercom, and… Uber?

VeraPlus

VeraPlus Advanced Home Controller review: This expensive hub fails to deliver

We can’t recommend this smart home hub to users with any level of experience.

Wemo Wi-Fi Dimmer

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer review: Smart lighting, plus a snazzy dimmer

This in-wall dimmer switch gives your room an instant upgrade.