Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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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Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can review: Have we taken voice control too far?

Sensors in this fancy trash can recognize voice commands and gestures, no smart speaker needed.

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Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

One is more musical, but the other makes a better smart home controller. Which attribute is most important to you?

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How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard

Ring has updated its app with new and improved privacy tools. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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Ring is rolling out its new Control Center privacy dashboard

Owners of Ring video doorbells and other home security products are finally getting some essential privacy protections.

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Amazon Echo Studio review: Not quite the best smart speaker, but a fantastic value

The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity, and Sonos has the better multi-room ecosystem, but Amazon’s best Echo shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Sonos changes tack on “legacy” hardware

Older hardware still won’t get new software features after May, but operating them won’t prevent firmware updates for new hardware.

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TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind

Routers are getting faster even while they’re getting back to basics by dropping smart home hub features.

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Linksys touts Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers at CES

The networking company will ship a Wi-Fi 6 mesh router and a Wi-Fi 6 mesh system this spring.

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Netgear brings mesh networking technology to its Nighthawk router line

This is the first router in the Nighthawk family that doesn’t look like its stealth attack aircraft namesake.

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Netgear adapts its Orbi mesh router to 4G LTE

The new network device unveiled at CES targets people living in areas that are unlikely to ever get fiber or cable broadband.

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D-Link to unveil a host of new routers at CES, including four Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems

The networking company will also ship several new range extenders in 2020.

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Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players

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.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

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Leviton Type A & Type C USB Charger Outlet review: Not smart but handy as a pocket on a shirt

This outlet features built-in USB charging ports and is available in both 15- and 20-amp configurations.

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Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: The display—limited as it is—justifies the $10 upcharge

Love is never having to say, “Alexa, what time is it?”

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