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Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest

Video doorbells maintain a continuous watch over the most important part of your property but which one is best? We take a look at the field.

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Best home security camera: Keep 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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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

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

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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Woot! Grab a first-generation Amazon Echo Show for $70 instead of $230

Amazon deal site Woot is selling the first-generation Amazon Echo Show in black for $70 today.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

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The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

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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.

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Amazon’s Echo Connect lets you make landline calls with your Echo devices, and it’s just $20 today

Making iPhone and Android phone calls with Alexa is a snap once you fiddle with the right settings, but did you know the Alexa/Echo combo works with landlines, too? All you need is an Echo Connect.

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How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

You can use Alexa on your Amazon Echo to make calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how.

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How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo

Play your own MP3 collection on an Amazon Echo or other Alexa devices using Plex or My Media.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

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

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Eufy RoboVac 11s Max review: This popular budget vacuum gets increased suction

Eufy's latest robot vac is an even better dirt collector than its predecessor, thanks to more suction and a redesigned dustbin.

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Lenovo Smart Clock review: Great form compensates for a lack of function

The Lenovo Smart Clock is the smallest Google Assistant-powered smart display, both in size and stature, but it nails its core mission.

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Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

Reolink delivers a home security camera with all the essential features at an affordable price and gives you the option of recharging the camera's battery with a solar panel.

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Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.

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