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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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EZVIZ Husky review: This weatherproof camera gives you an eye on the outside of your home

EZVIZ brings the easy setup and operation of the Mini indoor camera to its high-res outdoor model.

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The top 14 products featuring Amazon Alexa integration demoed at CES

Amazon's Alexa was just about everywhere at CES, popping up in cars, home appliances, and even a dancing robot.

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Chamberlain’s smart garage door opener to get HomeKit compatibility

HomeKit versions of the company’s Smart Garage Hub and MyQ HomeBridge will ship in July.

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.

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Alexa will now take your order, supporting delivery from Amazon Restaurants

Prime members can use Alexa-powered devices to re-order food delivery from Amazon Restaurants.

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Netgear Arlo Baby reimagines the baby monitor for the smart-home set

The latest camera in Netgear's security camera line aims to bring parents more peace of mind.

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HiMirror Plus is the smart mirror that looks back at you

This high-tech mirror has adjustable lighting, and a built-in camera gives you insight into your skin's condition.

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Nortek’s GoControl 500-series lighting and appliance controls can be programmed to respond to taps

Tap one of these smart switches once to turn on your lamp, tap it twice to dim the lamp, tap it a third time and it might turn off every light in your home.

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.

Maximus Security Light Camera

The Maximus Smart Motion Security Light looks like it could light up a prison yard

The 2400-lumen floodlight harbors a 1080p night-vision security camera in its base.

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.

Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19

Sylvania’s Smart Multicolor A19 light bulb is HomeKit compatible, but it doesn’t require a hub

The new bulb can be controlled via Siri when you’re at home, and remotely via an Apple TV when you’re not.

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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.

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.

Samsung BabyView monitor

Samsung unveils its Wisenet-SmartCam and BabyView home security cameras

These new kits go beyond video security.

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.

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