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Best smart home system

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Home8 Video-Verified Security Alarm System III

Home8 Video-Verified Security Alarm System review: A simplistic DIY kit with integrated video recording

For simple needs, this security setup can work well.

Netgear Arlo Baby

Netgear Arlo Baby review: A better baby monitor

Ditch those staticky radio monitors. Netgear's nursery cam puts eyes on your most precious prize.

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Reolink Keen review: a truly wireless security camera

This full HD pan-and-tilt camera combines strong security with battery-powered flexibility.

TP-Link HS110 smart plug

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring review: The oversized HS110 is no bargain

This smart plug works best within a TP-Link-only home.

PureGear PureSwitch

PureGear PureSwitch review: A HomeKit-only smart plug with a high-speed USB port

It’s a little more expensive than its features warrant, but it’s well designed for what it does.

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Best color LED smart bulbs

Today’s color-tunable bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Ecobee3 with sensor

Ecobee3 smart thermostat review: It’s all about that sensor

The Ecobee3 works differently than the rest, which is its greatest strength.

Honeywell Lyric Round

Honeywell Lyric Round smart thermostat review: Location-based climate control

This thermostat uses your smartphone to know when you’re home and away.

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Best smart thermostat

There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Sensi smart thermostat

Emerson Sensi thermostat review: A traditional thermostat with some smart features

The Sensi is like your old thermostat with the addition of some excellent Wi-Fi features.

LUX/GEO

LUX/GEO smart thermostat review: Not technically smart, but still high-tech

Perfect for control freaks, the LUX/GEO mixes old and new technology.

Nest Learning Thermostat third generation

Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation review: The choice for style-conscious homeowners

The product that made thermostats cool is not without its flaws.

Wiser Air smart thermostat

Wiser Air smart thermostat review: A big step in the right direction

Schneider Electric thinks a little differently when it comes to home climate control. And that's okay.

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Nest Cam IQ review: Lots of exciting features, but the price tag triggers less-desirable emotions

The latest security camera from Nest Labs is super powerful (and super expensive).

Logitech POP Button

Logitech POP Smart Button Kit review: Press here to quickly control your smart home devices

Now integrated with HomeKit, Logitech’s POP button offers simple (but expensive) command over other devices.

Geeni Energi smart plug

Geeni Energi energy-tracking Wi-Fi smart plug review: An affordable smart plug with a bonus feature

This smart plug will track and report on your energy consumption, and it’s compatible with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, too.

Geeni Lux and Geeni Prisma

Geeni Smart Bulb reviews: We put the budget-priced Lux 800 and Prisma 450 to the test

Can $25 Wi-Fi light bulbs compete with better-known but more-expensive offerings?

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