Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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.

enbrighten yard stake

Enbrighten Outdoor WiFi Smart Yard Stake review: Six outdoor smart plugs in one

This six-outlet outdoor smart plug connects your landscape lighting, holiday lights, and more to your home Wi-Fi network.

legrand hia ps 1597trusbacw lifestyle

Legrand’s new GFCI outlets feature dual USB charging ports

These are the first such outlets to feature ground-fault interruption, and there’s a 20-amp version for kitchens and other locations that need more power.

lennar ring smart homes

Ring and home builder Lennar Homes are collaborating on new smart homes

Lennar Communities Connected by Ring is a suite of smart home products managed by the Ring app.

flo smart valve 1

Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff review: The high price of prevention

The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

senic installed outdoors 2

Senic Friends of Hue Outdoor Smart Switch review: A versatile problem solver

This brilliantly simple smart lighting solution can do a lot more when deployed with Apple’s HomeKit.

qactive 200 white

Q Acoustics Q Active 200 review: This high-end powered bookshelf audio system delivers impeccable performance

Wired or wireless, this audio system can accommodate nearly any source: high-res streaming services, a local server, a TV, Bluetooth, even an old-school turntable.

home theater

How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

th ces21 primary

Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

owl vertical

The Owl Wired could be the ultimate smoke detector

That’s because it can also sense carbon monoxide, analyze sound and motion, and track humidity and temperature.

works with smartthings

Samsung SmartThings, Google Nest partnership kicks off

Smart home products from two of our favorite brands now work together.

20190130 095314

The Sense Energy Monitor gets two new and valuable upgrades—at no added cost to the buyer

The system can now analyze the quality of a home’s incoming electrical power and alert homeowners to potentially hazardous wiring faults.

sonos radio indie gold

Sonos announces new artists contributing to its Sonos Radio services

Both the free Sonos Radio and subscription-based Sonos Radio HD will feature contributions from the likes of Björk, D’Angelo, and FKA twigs.

origin wireless hex home system

Hex Home Security monitors Wi-Fi radio waves to detect intruders

The system analyzes how Wi-Fi radio waves are disrupted as people move around your home and is supposed to be smart enough to ignore pets.

sonos move replacement battery kit

Sonos introduces a replacement battery kit for its Move portable smart speaker

Updates to the Sonos Radio service are also in the works.

linksys axe8400 front01

The first Linksys Wi-Fi 6e router is a mesh network model

The Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System is aimed at smart home enthusiasts and is backward compatible with earlier Linksys Intelligent Mesh products.