Connected Homes

Connected Home | News, how-tos, features, reviews, and videos

aio 8ch 4cam 180221

Wisenet 8-channel, 4-camera 5MP DVR Kit review: Wired, multi-camera security

This four-camera kit provides comprehensive coverage for your home or small business.

awair 3

Awair 2nd Edition review: The popular air-quality monitor gets an upgrade

The Awair adds dangerous particulate matter to the list of indoor pollutants it detects.

smart doorbell hub
Product Hub

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.

ring video doorbell pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro review: For some, its performance will justify its higher price tag

It's more expensive than its battery-powered stablemates, and it requires electrical wiring, but it produces fewer false alerts.

smarthome hub

Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional

A certain degree of pride comes with building out your own smart home, but there’s no shame in hiring a pro.

smarthome security

Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

smarthome app mobile phone

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

smarthome mobile phone

Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

ambient weather ws 2902 osprey primary

Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs

You'll encounter a quirk or two, but this home weather station offers everything an enthusiast could want.

foscam e1 outside

Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets

This cordless indoor/outdoor camera's intelligent motion detection can capture criminal activity, but it takes too long to get to the video evidence.

samsung smartthings wifi group2

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.

Iris Smart Hub

Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

smoke detector hub
Product Hub

Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

video baby monitor group test image
Product Hub

The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

first alert safe and sound primary

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

camera rotation

Ooma Butterfleye review: This security camera keeps recording without AC power or an internet connection

With a built-in battery and onboard storage, the Butterfleye preserves video evidence during power and internet outages.

dcs 8010 front

D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera (model DCS-8010LH) review: An entry-level camera with a steep learning curve

Beginners may have a tough time navigating this otherwise solid camera's complex app.

combined led smart bulb hub
Updated

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.

levion decora smart wifi product family

Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi review: Recent upgrades pile on the control options

Added support for Nest and IFTTT brings Leviton’s Wi-Fi-based smart products closer to a buy rating.

echo look primary 2

Amazon Echo Look review: This Alexa manifestation is great for taking selfies, but you can’t trust its fashion sense

The Echo Look transform Amazon's Alexa into a fashion adviser, but she's not very effective in that role.

Load More