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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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SimpliSafe Essentials review: Fundamental, hassle-free home security

This revamped SimpliSafe system brings DIY security to the masses, although it limits you to using SimpliSafe’s gear.

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Ambi Climate 2 review: An intelligent alternative for controlling a room air conditioner

Nest-like features enable the second-generation Ambi Climate to learn just how cool you like to be.

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Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest’s sleek—yet limited—security offering.

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LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

This smart lighting kit will give your walls some dynamic visual flair.

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SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit Plus review: Built by techies, for techies

It’s short on handholding, but SkylinkNet’s SK-250 kit is a good-enough security offering (though not recommended for beginners).

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LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

We like the color-tunable bulb best, but all three are good values.

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Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business

With massive device support and a simple interface, it’s hard to beat SmartThings to anchor your smart home.

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Fibaro Wall Plug with USB review: Does light make right?

This pricey smart plug offers ground effects and solid energy-monitoring features.

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Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

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Airthings Wave review: Real-time radon detection

This device tracks levels of the deadly, odorless gas but at a steep price.

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Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

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Watch your front door from anywhere with this Ring Video Doorbell Pro bundle for $80 off

You can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Chime Pro for $200 at Home Depot.

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TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

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How your home security camera detects motion

Here's everything you need to know to get the most out of this critical, but often frustrating feature.

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Canary View review: This budget-friendly Canary companion also makes a great standalone camera

With the best features of the original Canary, the View is a solid security option with or without an All-In-One.

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Give your outlets a dose of AI with these great deals on smart plugs

Amazon is selling smart plugs by Wemo and Epicka for cheap.

Netgear Orbi Outdoor

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite review: Great range, but only so-so speed

This node will extend your Orbi mesh network far into your yard—for a price.

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Airviz Speck indoor air-quality monitor review: It’s great, as far as it goes

This handy device measures levels of particulate matter in your home’s air, and that’s pretty much it.

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