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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Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform.

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Logitech’s new Circle 2 home security cameras can be used indoors or out

Buyers will need to choose between wired and wire-free models, along with a host of accessories.

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Wink Bright aims to make smart lighting easier for consumers to adopt

The Wink Bright consists of a Wink Hub 2 and two pre-paired Sylvania dimmable LED smart bulbs.

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Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam platform Nest acquired in 2014

The new indoor security camera boasts a 4K image sensor, HDR imaging, and the ability to recognize and remember faces.

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DirecTV Now is now available on most Roku streaming devices

Compatibility goes back as far as the Roku 2.

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Meridian Audio Explorer2 USB DAC review: An inexpensive path to high-resolution audio

Decoding MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) tracks is this DAC’s raison d’être, but it can do more than that.

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Cinder Precision Grill review: It’s just like a sous-vide cooker, but with less water and more mess

This expensive high-tech griddle cooks your food to a precise temperature and sears it, too, but it weighs a ton and is difficult to clean.

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Linksys jumps into the cable modem market and announces the all-new mid-range EA9300 Wi-Fi router

Mesh routers are the hot new thing, but the latest conventional routers are delivering some supremely powerful features.

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Meet Hive, an all-new DIY smart home subscription service from the U.K.

The Brits want a piece of the U.S. smart home market, and they’re investing nearly $650 million to get it.

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Blue Microphones Satellite wireless headphones review: Active noise cancellation you can celebrate

These cans don’t offer every state-of-the-art feature, but they’re supremely comfortable and they sound delightful.

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Lowe’s now offers inexpensive professional monitoring with its Iris smart home service

Subscribers can now get police or fire dispatched in response to break-ins or emergencies.

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Comcast Xfinity xFi gateway and advanced gateway

Comcast takes on today's best routers with Xfinity xFi, a cloud-based service for home-network and broadband management

Comcast's new xFi Advanced Wireless Gateway is powered by an 8x8, 160MHz, 802.11ac Wave 2 radio and also supports Thread, ZigBee, and Bluetooth LE.

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Grillbot grill-cleaning robot review: The best thing to happen to barbecues since fire

Technology relieves mankind of yet another unpleasant task.

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Securifi Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System review: An okay router bolted to a strong smart home hub

There are better mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, but none with a strong smart home hub built in.

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TP-Link Deco M5 router review: This mesh network comes with a side of antivirus

Much more than a me-too product, the Deco M5 delivers both innovation and performance.