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best home security cameras
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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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Ring Alarm home security system now available for presale and will ship on July 4

The long-delayed DIY home security system costs $199, with optional professional monitoring for $10 per month.

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VTech VC931 HD Pan and Tilt Home Monitoring Camera review: Solid security at an affordable price

It lacks some sexier features, but it has nearly all the ones that matter most.

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Arbor Instant Video Doorbell review: There are some great features here, but it needs work

The Arbor Instant Video Doorbell is a welcome addition to the battery-powered video doorbell market, but focus on its performance and not the company's inflated claims.

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Blink XT home security camera review: An indoor/outdoor camera for basic security needs

The battery-powered Blink XT is exceedingly easy to install and use, though some will find it lacking in features and image quality.

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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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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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Monoprice is getting into the smart home market

Monoprice, known for its no-nonsense, low-cost tech products, is expanding into the smart home with a range of new devices.

Best smart thermostats
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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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Nest Temperature Sensor review: An easy recommendation for Nest thermostat owners

Monitoring the temperature in more than one location makes the Nest smart thermostat even smarter.

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Swann Smart Home Alarm System (model SSH-KIT01) review: This budget security system is short on capabilities.

This budget-priced kit has a long way to go to compete in an increasingly crowded market.

best smart locks
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Best smart lock for a keyless home

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

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Schlage Sense review: The heaviest-duty of heavy-duty smart locks

Built for industry, but perfect for home.

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Wyze Cam v2 review: More features, same $20 price tag

The powerful budget camera adds motion tagging and smart home integration.

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Wisenet BabyView Eco review: A solid baby monitor hindered by information overload

With its dizzying array of informational icons, learning this system's interface may keep some parents up at night rather than help them sleep.

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Logitech Circle 2 review: Second time's the charm for this wired home security camera

The Circle 2 improves on its predecessor is every way, but you have to spend a little extra to unlock all its goodness.

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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. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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Liberate your Amazon Echo 2 from the constraints of a power cord

The Sky battery base from Ninety7 can free your smart speaker from an AC outlet for up to 8 hours.

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