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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.

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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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GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

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Google Home Max review: This is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

But Sonos might have more to fear than Amazon (ditto for Apple).

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Gain peace of mind by checking on your devices remotely and always coming home to a well-lit house. Use away-mode to make it look like you are home when you travel, and have lights turn on/off at set times to conserve energy and save...

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Amazon Echo (2nd generation) review: Better than the original, but not as important

Interested in voice-based home control? Buy an Echo Dot. Interested in multi-room audio? Buy a Sonos One.

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Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker review: Cortana could be a strong smart home system—someday

The Invoke is a good speaker, and Microsoft’s digital assistant has potential, but it’s too immature for us to give it a strong recommendation today.

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Tado Smart AC Control review: An even better way to make your dumb air conditioner smarter

Connecting your A/C to your smartphone and smart home will save you smart money.

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Nvidia's new $179 Shield TV bundle battles Apple TV 4K

Nvidia's $179 Shield TV bundle sheds the game controller to match the price of the new Apple TV 4K.

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Nest Hello is the company's first video doorbell

Nest previewed a new video door bell coming in 2018, in addition to its Nest Secure home-security system and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera.

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Nest jumps into home security with Nest Secure

Nest is hoping to revolutionize home security with Nest Secure, a smart security system that offers several advantages over conventional systems.

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Comcast quietly acquires Stringify and will use the IFTTT rival to power its Xfinity Home smart-home platform

Stringify-the automation tool that's more powerful, but less well known than IFTTT-will be incorporated into Comcast's smart-home system.

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Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller review: It’s just the basics for this smart irrigation device

The second generation of Blossom strips out features, simplifies watering, and drops the price.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Orbit B-hyve Wifi Sprinkler Timer review: Two ways to control your watering system

With onboard manual controls, B-hyve adds flexibility, but at the expense of simplicity.

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Rain Bird ST8I-WIFI Smart Irrigation Timer/Controller review: A major irrigation player finally goes “smart”

Rain Bird’s first generation smart sprinkler still has some growing to do. Just like your lawn!

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Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.

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Sylvania Smart+ Color Light Bulb review: Supports HomeKit, ditches hub

Smart+ earns bonus points for seamless setup, but loses marks for buggy controls and poor responsiveness.

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