LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.
This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.
Both the lamp and the bookshelf speaker can operate independently, as a stereo pair, or as surround speakers with a Sonos soundbar in your home theater.
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.
Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.
Eero's Home WiFi System 2 is one of the most elegant home-networking solutions you can buy, but it’s not the fastest router.
Philips is shifting to a new chip that has both Bluetooth and Zigbee radios onboard, but most people will still want a Hue Bridge on their home network.
A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.
The Sonos Amp is a great-sounding and supremely flexible amplifier that's a superb choice for your home theater or for critical listening. And it will drive just about any type of passive loudspeaker you'd care to use.
But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.
The all-plastic construction has us wondering about longevity, but the price (and the hooks into the broader Ring ecosystem) can’t be beat.
The company says its combination thermostat/Alexa smart speaker will have a more powerful processor and speaker, plus dual-band Wi-Fi.
Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.
Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.
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