Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

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Abode’s new Gen 2 gateway comes with 4G cellular and Z-Wave Plus

The latest iteration of the Abode home security system includes the Z-Wave Plus technology.

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

Black & Decker Pria

Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

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Cambridge Audio’s exquisite Alva TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

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The ConnectSense smart in-wall outlet is even better than its smart plug

The ZigBee-powered outlet boasts a long list of features, including voice and capacitive touch control.

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The Iotty Smart Switch is one of the most elegant lighting controls you'll see at CES

This Wi-Fi switch looks like it was designed and engineered in Italy—because it was.

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The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

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Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

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Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6

The tri-band system will feature a dedicated 4x4 802.11ax network for data backhaul.

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TP-Link expands its smart home offerings with seven new Kasa Smart devices

The lineup includes a new video doorbell, a switch with an integrated digital assistant, new security cameras, and an outdoor smart plug.

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TP-Link goes all in with Wi-Fi 6 home networking gear, offering five products in 2019

One router, the Deco X10, combines Wi-Fi 6 and mesh-networking tech.

Linksys Max Stream AC2200

Belkin takes the wraps off its Linksys Max Stream AC2200 Wi-Fi router

The new Wi-Fi mesh router is the company’s first new home networking product since its merger with Foxconn.

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Lutron adds a smart ceiling fan controller to the Caséta line

Lutron Caséta, one of our favorite smart lighting systems, can now control fans, too.

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Palo Alto Innovation says its Node-ify Axon can transform almost anything into a smart device

This universal sensor can measure temperature, sound, motion, light, weight, and even the water level in your pet’s bowl.

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D-Link partners with McAfee on new line of Exo 802.11ac Wi-Fi mesh routers

Five new routers will come with two years of McAfee antivirus, and five years of IoT protection.