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.

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

The Array by Hampton Connected Door Lock operates on Wi-Fi and is powered by the sun

The Array by Hampton Connected Door Lock operates on Wi-Fi and is powered by the sun

A solar panel in this premium-priced, Wi-Fi-connected deadbolt continuously charges its battery.

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.

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories
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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Harman Kardon collarborated with Netgear to design the speaker portion of the new Orbi satellite, which was announced today at IFA in Berlin.

Netgear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router features 10-gigabit ethernet

Netgear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router features 10-gigabit ethernet

Lag-hating gamers aren’t the only target, this 802.11ad router has Plex Media Server onboard, too. But brace yourself for the price tag.

Sonos Amp is the most important new product the company has launched in years

Sonos Amp is the most important new product the company has launched in years

It's not a powered speaker, and it's aimed primarily at customer installers. But audio enthusiasts should still be excited about Sonos’ first new product since going public.

Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi mesh router/smart-home hub mashup features AI tech from Plume

Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi mesh router/smart-home hub mashup features AI tech from Plume

Samsung is putting its well-regarded SmartThings brand front and center in the latest iteration of its combination Wave 2 Wi-Fi mesh router and smart-home hub.

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 speaker system review: A convenient, but ineffective substitute for in-ceiling speakers

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 speaker system review: A convenient, but ineffective substitute for in-ceiling speakers

This speaker system delivers a solid surround-sound performance, but it doesn’t provide the perception of height.

In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

What's next for Sonos now that the speaker manufacturer and multi-room audio pioneer has gone public? Support for hi-res audio is on the company’s to-do list, and the company could add other advanced features that its older products...

TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

The company also has a new Wi-Fi smart plug.

Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don’t expect it to fill a big room.

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