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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.

Wink Lookout

Wink Lookout review: Wink’s security sensors aren’t good enough for your smart home

Or anyone's smart home, for that matter.

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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.

Nest Secure

Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag despite missing some key features

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

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Lenovo Smart Display makes Google Assistant a smart home sidekick

Lenovo's Smart Display line puts Google Assistant on 8- and 10-inch touchscreen. The result is a smart home sidekick with AI features tied to all the major Google services.

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Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable

A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.

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Samsung SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV review: A cheap smart home hub with one inherent shortcoming

The SmartThings Link is less expensive than a full-sized smart home hub, but its capabilities are not quite equal.

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Hive Welcome Home System review: A U.K. smart home system crosses the pond

Hive ditches its subscription plan in favor of you-own-it hardware. Here’s how well it works.

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Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

The Ecobee4 is $200 at Amazon today, which is the same price we saw for this smart thermometer on Black Friday.

Amazon Echo Plus

Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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Best smart home system

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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nCube Hub review: This DIY smart home hub has an awful lot of growing to do

A poor showing thanks to minimal device support and a surfeit of bugs.

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Ecobee4 smart thermostat review: Retains the great functions of the Ecobee3, and adds Alexa

Our favorite smart thermostat gets a little smarter thanks to Alexa, but it's otherwise identical to the previous generation.

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Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

Its ability to run on LAN, Wi-Fi, or LTE connectivity and to draw via power over ethernet or its onboard battery means this security camera can go wherever you do.

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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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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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C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

You might love or hate this smart lamp's design, but it's practically a must have if you use C by GE smart bulbs.

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Oomi Home review: Semi-smarten your home, at a steep price

This smart home kit doesn’t come cheap, and it doesn’t do much, either.

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