Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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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JBL’s Link View smart speaker delivers Google Assistant with an 8-inch display and a front-facing camera

Samsung’s Harman group is playing the field, building smart speakers with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana.

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Z-Wave 700 promises to give new smart home devices longer range and better battery life

The new platform can extend the smart home into the yard and enable sensors to run for more than 10 years on a coin-cell battery.

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After nearly 10 years of R&D, Phyn Plus is ready to protect your home from water damage

This high-tech valve analyzes water flow in your home’s supply lines to detect leaks and can shut off the water in the event of a catastrophic break.

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Vivint Smart Home’s Streety is like a high-tech neighborhood watch

The free app will allow neighbors to view live feeds and request recordings from each other’s security cameras.

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D-Link’s latest COVR whole-home Wi-Fi systems look a lot more like whole-home Wi-Fi systems

The company’s first efforts in this space were much more conventional.

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Linksys expands it Velop mesh Wi-Fi router line, adding a new dual-band model

Dual-band components will interoperable with tri-band modules and vice versa.

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The Linksys WRT32XB gaming router is tailor-made for the Xbox One series

Yeah, it looks just like the Linksys WRT32X from last fall, but Linksys says this one’s designed to recognize and prioritize Xbox gaming traffic.

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The best smart home products of 2017

These are the smart home hubs, thermostats, speakers, smart locks, lighting controls, security cameras, and routers that will dominate early 2018 and beyond.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other

Operating both platforms is a recipe for confusion, so which one deserves the coveted spot in your smart home?

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: Great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

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Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos and Alexa, a match made in heaven

Sonos audio quality and Amazon's Echo and Alexa voice technology are a powerful combo. And you can now use voice commands to control Spotify on Sonos speakers.

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Fabriq Chorus review: This Alexa-powered smart speaker is an excellent value

It sounds great, can operate on battery power, and comes with a charging dock.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.