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.

Iris family of products

Lowe’s adds professional monitoring to its connected-home offering

Iris by Lowe’s users now have the option of having emergency responders dispatched when alarms sound.

Netgear CES 2015

Netgear's Nighthawk routers, range extenders supercharge your network with MU-MIMO

The networking company also announced retail availability of its Arlo Q indoor home security camera.

nitrobrew kit

NitroBrew nitrogen injector review: This setup will make any beer taste smoother

You no longer need to go to your favorite brewpub to enjoy a nitrogenated beverage.

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Amazon e-reader comparison

Kindle vs Fire: How to choose the right Amazon e-reader

So you’ve narrowed the e-reader field to Amazon’s lineup. We’ll help you pick the right model for your needs.

Smart-home gifts

5 awesome gifts for smart-home enthusiasts

Armed with this gift guide, you can transform an ordinary house into a smart and secure home for the modern age.


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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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.