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Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you in touch with your HomeKit tech

This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices.

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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.

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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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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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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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How to create private Alexa skills without code

Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints let anyone with an Alexa device make household skills.

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Notion’s home-monitoring system can now send a plumber at the first signs of a water leak

A partnership with HomeAdvisor matches homeowners in need with a local prescreened plumber to perform repairs.

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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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Crowd-funded Abode Systems mostly sold to an Italian home-automation group

Nice S.p.A buys a majority stake in the smart home security startup, but Abode System's founders retain a 25-percent ownership position.

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader

With onboard controls and cleaner connectors, this sprinkler system is better than ever.

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Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

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Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit review: This capable kit includes physical remote controls

The included Wi-Fi bridge can also control Lutron’s Serena motorized window shades.

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The best smart home devices that work with Google Home

It's the third-party smart devices that put the "home" in Google Home. Here are our favorites.

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Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only

You’ll need a mobile Apple device of recent vintage just to set up this smart speaker, which is tightly tied to Apple services.

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The best smart home devices that work with Alexa

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are most powerful when paired with third-party smart home hardware. These products earned our highest raitings.

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Abode offers new, less-expensive home security starter kits

They’re still focused on home security first, but the gateway works with just about any smart home device.

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