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.

Netgear Orbi and satellite

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It's not a mesh network, but it's good enough you won't care

Orbi satellites communicate with the router, not with each other; but 4x4 backhaul enabled best-in-class performance in most of our benchmarks.

Sprint Tidal

Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.

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Sony Bravia XBR-A1E OLED

Sony’s Bravia XBR-A1E OLED could be the first flat-screen TV with sound that doesn’t suck

It may not persuade home theater geeks, but Sony’s “actuator” tech, which turns the entire OLED panel into a speaker, is impressive.

Soundcast VG7

Soundcast’s VGX series of high-end outdoor wireless speakers will support Play-Fi

The 19-inch tall VG7 in particular blew us away in a demo; we didn’t hear a better Bluetooth speaker anywhere at CES.

Ooma Telo base station at CES

Ooma is adding DIY home security monitoring to its free VoIP phone service

After slashing the cost of home phone service, the company aims to do the same for home security.

Opcom GrowFrame

Opcom Farm’s GrowBox and GrowWall let you raise vegetable crops indoors

You don’t need soil with these hydroponic systems, and you’ll have fresh veggies year ‘round.

Vivint Sky control panel

Smart home service provider Vivint introduces Sky, for an even smarter smart home

Leveraging sensors, door locks, thermostats, Amazon’s Alexa, and other components, Sky promises to create an intelligent home.

D-Link Covr DKT-883

D-Link’s Covr home networking line pairs a high-end router with wireless and powerline range extenders

It’s a hub-and-spoke system today, but D-Link says mesh networking is on the horizon.

D-Link DCS-8000LH, DCS-8700LH, DCS-8100LH home security cameras

D-Link shows off three new home security cameras in its Connected Home series

All three cameras deliver 720p resolution, microSD storage, night vision, and IFTTT support.

Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi gaming router

Linksys unveils a bad-ass router for gamers: The Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router

The wireless router integrates the Killer Prioritization Engine for gaming PCs equipped with Killer network adapters.

Linksys Velop primary

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

It might be a little late to the mesh-networking party, but Linksys is showing a winner at CES.

Lenovo Smart Assistant

Lenovo moves into the smart home market with an Amazon Alexa-powered speaker and a 6TB NAS box

The Lenovo Smart Assistant will be priced $50 below Amazon’s Echo; the NAS box has onboard facial-recognition software for digital photos.

UHD Blu-ray Player comparison

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

Soundcast VG1 front

Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth speaker review: Incredibly big sound from an itty-bitty waterproof box

The sound that emerges from this small, rugged speaker defies expectations.

Canary Flex

Canary Flex security camera review: The perfect companion to the original Canary

But if you’re not already vested in that ecosystem, there are better outdoor security cameras.