Michael Brown

Executive Editor

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.

Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Swann has a new a floodlight security camera

Swann has a new a floodlight security camera

The Swann Floodlight Security System integrates a 1080p outdoor camera with a pair of LED floodlights that deliver 2,500 lumens of brightness.

RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.

The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?
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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

The one-touch access to your favorite Sonos playlist or Hue lighting scene is fun—for the first few days.

Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.

Netgear Orbi Voice review: It’s not the best smart speaker, but it's an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system

Netgear Orbi Voice review: It’s not the best smart speaker, but it's an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system

And if you already have an Orbi router, it’ll make an awesome addition to your network.

Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice
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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.

Nest Hub Max is the smart display Google should have started with

Nest Hub Max is the smart display Google should have started with

Google finally builds a smart display with a camera as it consolidates its smart home efforts under the Nest brand.

Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice
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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

The Swedish furniture maker also partnered with Sonos to build a low-cost wireless bookshelf speaker.

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