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.


T-Stand hands-on preview: We’re impressed with this tablet stand after spending time with a prototype

Universal accessories are typically universally bad; this product is an exception to the rule.

Sentri home monitor

Sentri review: A pretty and effective home security tool

Part security camera, part home environment monitor, this attractive box gets the job done.

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Trackr Atlas

Trackr Atlas can tell you which room you left your keys in

Just ask your smartphone or Amazon Echo ‘Where are my keys?’

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Netgear Arlo Q

Netgear adds an indoor model to its Arlo home security camera lineup

Arlo Q delivers 1080p video, two-way audio, and 7 days of free cloud storage for up to 5 cameras.

Neone Neobase front

Neobase hands-on preview: It’s just like Facebook, but with complete privacy

After more than two years of development, this private social-networking device is almost ready for prime time.

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Roost Smart Battery (front)

Roost Smart Battery review: This is the best smoke-alarm battery you can buy

It costs a lot more than an ordinary 9-volt, but the benefits it delivers are worth every penny.

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Luma router

Now there are two mesh-network routers to think about: Luma prepares to duke it out with Eero

Enterprise security vets form new company to build a more secure consumer router.

Eero Wi-Fi router

Eero delays delivery of its mesh-network router, but gains investors

The new router’s ship date has been pushed to early 2016, but the company says it’s raised more than $40 million in venture capital.


Crowd-funded Sentri home security device now available for pre-order

Connected-home control panel with a 10.1-inch touchscreen features an integrated security camera and myriad sensors, also works with third-party devices.

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sonosplay5 angled

Sonos Play:5 (2015 edition) review: It’s difficult to imagine a better-sounding networked speaker at this price

The king of multi-room audio retains its crown with this exceptional new flagship speaker.

Philips Hue wireless dimming kit

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit review: Control your Hue LED lights even when you don’t have your smartphone

It’s not the ultimate lighting-control system, but it’s a great solution for some thorny problems.

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JBL Everest speaker

Have a super car in your driveway? Now you can get JBL’s ultra-high-end speakers in a color to match

Harman announces a custom-finish program for its made-to-order JBL Everest and K2 loudspeakers.

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Yale doorbell camera

Yale enters the doorbell-camera market with the Look peephole viewer

Device mounts in place of the common peephole and has LCD screen on the inside of the door. Z-Wave or ZigBee capabilities enable it to be incorporated into a connected-home system.

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Lutron WIDR window shades

Lutron’s new motorized rollup shades available in sizes as big as 12 feet wide by 12 feet tall

Sivoia QS Triathlon WIDR shades can be incorporated into connected-home systems, run on ordinary D-cell batteries.

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SunBrite TV

With this 4K TV, you can build your man cave out on the patio

Available in 84- and 55-inch screen sizes, these weatherized TVs can be viewed in direct sunlight.

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