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The best home security systems of 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option. Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own. You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras. Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. In 2021, they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporatin...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Honeywell, IOTA


The 4 best Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays of 2021

Amazon's Echo devices combine reliable Alexa capabilities and easy-to-use smart-home features. The fourth-generation Echo is Amazon's best smart speaker, with good audio quality and a modern design. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to recommend the best products. Echo devices vary in size and price, but all have built-in support for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant. Alexa's capabilities have significantly improved since its debut. You can ask Alexa questions, set...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Echo, Trends, Best, Features, Smart Home, Hulu, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Alexa Amazon, Amazon Read, Tech Insider


Review: Aqara's Roller Shade Driver E1, TVOC Air Quality Monitor, and Hub M1S Are Reliable and Well-Designed HomeKit Accessories

Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices that are stocked in Apple Stores around the world. This review takes a look at some of Aqara's latest products, including its TVOC Air Quality Monitor and Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1, which launches today. With these new accessories, I was able to add to the HomeKit setup that I created with some of Aqara's devices earlier this year and put the company's new additions to the smart home to the test. Review: Aqara Camera Hub G2H and...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, UK, Siri, Zigbee, Homekit, Apple Stores, No AMP, Aqara, Aqara Camera Hub, Fast Response Times, HomeKit Aqara


The 5 best Alexa-enabled speakers in 2021 for home use, on-the-go listening, and TV audio

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Alexa-enabled speakers feature voice control and support for helpful digital assistant functions. The latest Echo is the best Alexa speaker overall thanks to its affordable price and modern design. Alexa is also supported on highly rated speakers from Sonos, Yamaha, and Ultimate Ears. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. Amazon Alexa is a reliable and feature-packed smart home assistant. Alexa can answer...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Audio, Speakers, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, D, Yamaha, Amazon Alexa


Samsung Is Turning Its Smart Home Platform Into a Tinkerer's Tool

Samsung isn’t making any more SmartThings devices, but it’s still plenty invested in its smart home platform. The company is rolling out a new architecture called SmartThings Edge, which promises to be “more reliable, faster, and more secure” by utilizing localized automation.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Samsung, Home Automation, Computing, Samsung Electronics, Science and Technology, Edge, Zigbee, Smartthings, Matter, Technology Internet


You'll Have to Wait Until 2022 for Smart Home Gadgets That Work Together

Matter is a new standard that’s supposed to make your smart home gadgets play nicely together. Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung SmartThings, and Signify, the team behind the Philips Hue smart bulbs, already committed to it earlier this year. Matter will make it easier to pick out gadgets that work with one another, but…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Samsung, Home Automation, Computing, Philips Hue, Mesh Networking, Science and Technology, Zigbee, Matter, ZigBee Alliance, Emerging Technologies


Review: Aqara's HomeKit H1 Switches, Temperature Sensor, and Hub M2 Expand Any Smart Home With Easy Setup

Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world. This review takes a look at four of Aqara's latest products, including its Temperature and Humidity Sensor and the newly-released Hub M2, as well as the Wireless Remote Switch H1 and Smart Wall Switch H1, which launch today. With these new accessories, I was able to add to the HomeKit setup I created with some of Aqara's devices earlier this year, and put the company's new additions to the sm...
Tags: Apple, UK, Eu, United States, Zigbee, Homekit, Hub, Amazon Hub, Aqara, Aqara Camera Hub, Fast Response Times, Buy Aqara, HomeKit Aqara


Save Up To $150 On Amazon eero Mesh WiFi 6 Routers And Systems After Prime Day Discounts!

Amazon eero Beacon mesh WiFi range extender (add-on to eero WiFi systems), was $119, now $71 Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 router, with built-in Zigbee smart home hub, was $129, now  $83 Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi router, was $199, now  $139 Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system with built-in Zigbee […]
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The best smart home security systems of 2021

Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option.Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own.You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras.Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. Now they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporating them into a smart-home ecosystem.When choosing a syste...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Honeywell, Google Google


The 4 best Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays of 2021

Amazon's Echo devices combine reliable Alexa capabilities and easy-to-use smart-home features. The fourth-generation Echo is Amazon's best smart speaker, with good audio quality and a new design. Echo devices vary in size and price, but all have built-in support for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant platform. Alexa generally works the same across these speakers, but some devices have screens and some boast better audio quality than others. Alexa's capabilities have significantly...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Echo, Trends, Best, Features, Buying Guide, Hulu, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Alexa Amazon, Amazon Read, Tech Insider, Smart Speaker


Prime Members: Save Big On Amazon eero Mesh WiFi 6 Routers And Systems

Amazon is offering Prime Members a Prime Day Lead Up deal on eero Mesh WiFi routes and systems: Amazon eero Beacon mesh WiFi range extender (add-on to eero WiFi systems): $71 Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 router, with built-in Zigbee smart home hub: $83 Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi router: $139 Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh […]
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Samsung Will Shut Down the v1 SmartThings Hub This Month

Samsung is killing the first-generation SmartThings Hub at the end of the month, kicking off phase two of its plan to shut down the SmartThings ecosystem and force users over to in-house Samsung infrastructure. "Phase one was in October, when Samsung killed the Classic SmartThings app and replaced it with a byzantine disaster of an app that it developed in house," writes Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo. "Phase three will see the shutdown of the SmartThings Groovy IDE, an excellent feature that lets me...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Ars Technica, Nvidia Shield, Zigbee, Hub, Konami, Ron Amadeo, SmartThings Hub, Aeotec


Smart Home Tech: How to choose the right home automation protocol

For consumers who want to integrate smart home products into one ecosystem, there are so many different paths to take. In short, Z-Wave, Zigbee and Wi-Fi are the most popular wireless technologies, but what sets them apart? Here are a few differences.
Tags: Video, Technology, Home Automation, Radio, Agent, Smart Home Tech, Zigbee, Brokerage, Select, Smart Home Devices, Brandon Doyle, Smart home ecosystem, Smart Hubs


The Smart Home May Finally Be Unified Under One CHIP

The tech industry loves a coalition. Sometimes those coalitions lead absolutely nowhere, but in one particular case, the big companies working together is actually beneficial for consumers.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Technology, Home Automation, Mesh Networking, Zigbee, Homekit, Wireless Networking, Thread, Smart Speakers, Building Automation, Connected Home Over Ip, Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Networking


The 4 best speakers in 2021 from floorstanding models to compact Bluetooth speakers

Great speakers don't just look good - they bring your audio experience to a new level. Speakers are available in a variety of sizes to suit different listening and budget needs. For big sound perfect for music and movies, the Klipsch RP-8000F tower speakers are our top pick. A great speaker or speaker system can enhance your listening experience for music, movies, and TV. There are many types of speakers to choose from and different models will be better suited for different situations. For...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Audio, Speakers, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Home Theater, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Klipsch, Steven Cohen


The 8 best smart plugs and smart outlets of 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Smart plugs can control multiple connected devices, adding automation to lights or small appliances. Most smart plugs are simple, but more complex installations can control every outlet in your home. The Wyze Plug 2-pack is an affordable, flexible option that's great for smart home novices. Smart plugs or outlets rank among the most intuitive, flexible, and useful smart devices you can buy. These simple devices can add smart remote control and automation t...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Philips, Zigbee, Homekit, Lutron, Wi Fi


The 6 best mesh Wi-Fi routers for improving your home network

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Mesh Wi-Fi networks, also known as mesh routers or mesh systems, are a hot trend in home Wi-Fi.The best mesh networks deliver range and reliability beyond what a Wi-Fi router can match.Mesh Wi-Fi networks are expensive, but they offer simple set up compared to routers and extenders.Mesh Wi-Fi systems, which are also called mesh routers or mesh networks, promise superior range and reliability compared to Wi-Fi routers. They're perfect for covering large home...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Home, Asus, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Home Office, Routers, Cnet, Zigbee, Alexa, Bosch, Buying Guides


Review: Aqara Camera Hub G2H and Sensors Offer Easy Setup and Fast Response Times in Compact Designs

Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world. This review takes a look at six of Aqara's most popular products, including the Camera Hub G2H, Motion Sensor, Door and Window Sensor, Water Leak Sensor, Vibration Sensor, and Single Switch Module T1. With this broad selection of accessories, supported by the Camera Hub G2H, I was able to create a varied HomeKit setup and put Aqara's devices to the test. While Aqara does have its own app for co...
Tags: Apple, UK, Siri, Eu, United States, Philips, Philips Hue, Zigbee, Homekit, Logitech Circle, HomeKit Secure Video, Aqara, Aqara Camera Hub, Fast Response Times, Camera Hub G2H Motion Sensor Door, Camera Hub


The 2 best smart light strips of 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.Smart light strips bring illumination and color to dim spots, like under kitchen cabinets.They also work as night lights or as mood lights.Smart light strips can be controlled from your phone and by voice-activated assistants like Alexa.Light strips can transform the look of your home. With adhesive backing that enables them to stick virtually anywhere the only l...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Home, Home Depot, New York, Ge, Home Decor, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Xiaomi, Smart Home, Philips, Philips Hue, Lighting


Amazon's new Echo Show 10 has a screen that follows you, making Alexa more useful but sometimes more frustrating

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Amazon's Echo Show 10 can adjust the direction of its screen to face you.The device proves the value in a screen that you can view from almost anywhere in the room, especially in the kitchen.But it doesn't always work the way it should, which can take away from the convenience it brings.Visit Insider Reviews for more tech reviews, buying advice, and deals.  Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky All-...
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The 7 best smart speakers of 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Smart speakers can play music, answer questions, control a variety of smart home devices, and more. Whether you prefer Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, there are several good options available.With a single question or command, you can access a wealth of resources, thanks to smart speakers. They let you listen to streaming music or podcasts, get the latest news, check the weather, and even find homework help. Smart speakers also give you a means of controlling...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Home, Spotify, Trends, Siri, Tech, Features, Pandora, Buying Guide, Logitech, Speaker, Ai, Smart Home


The 5 best smart light bulbs of 2021

 Smart light bulbs give you more control over the lighting in your home, from colors to scheduling.Smart bulbs have become more affordable, while still being reliable and easy to use.Smart light bulbs are a relatively inexpensive introduction to the smart home, letting you control color temperature, scheduling, and more. The technology behind smart lighting has advanced in the last few years. A wider choice of affordable smart light bulbs has hit the market. The simplest options offer white ligh...
Tags: Google, Home Depot, New York, Bluetooth, Ge, US, Trends, Ikea, Philips, Philips Hue, Cnet, Zigbee, Alexa, Ames, Tom, Amazon Alexa


The best Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays of 2021

Amazon's Echo devices combine reliable Alexa capabilities and easy-to-use smart-home features.The fourth-generation Echo is Amazon's best smart speaker, with good audio quality and a new design.Echo devices vary in size and price, but all have built-in support for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant platform. Alexa generally works the same across these speakers, but some devices have screens and some boast better audio quality than others. Alexa's capabilities have significantly improved since its...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Echo, Trends, Features, Buying Guide, Hulu, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Echo Amazon, Alexa Amazon, Tech Insider, Smart Speaker, Lisa Eadicicco


Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?

A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here's how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure.
Tags: Video, Technology, Bluetooth, Opinion, Service, Radio, Agent, Smart Home, Smart Locks, Smart Home Tech, Zigbee, Brokerage, Select, Wi-fi Connectivity, Z-wave, Brandon Doyle


Amazon's new Echo packs powerful sound and smarter features into a $100 speaker, signaling a big upgrade for the company's popular smart home device

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The fourth-generation Amazon Echo Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider Amazon's new Echo comes with a variety of improvements, such as upgraded sound, a new spherical design, an integrated smart home hub, and a new Amazon-made processor.The boost in sound quality is a big step up from the third-generation Echo, as the fourth-generation model can pump out tunes that are louder and more open than its prede...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Echo, Speakers, Trends, Siri, Tech, Smart Home, Philips, Philips Hue, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Google Amazon


Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound

Six years ago, Amazon essentially created a new consumer electronics category. Expectations weren’t particularly high when the first Echo device debuted in November of 2014. Amazon, after all, has never shied away from throwing a new device against the wall to see what sticks — if anything, that’s become a defining characteristic of the last half-dozen years of Alexa devices. The Echo stuck. In 2019, 146.9 million smart speakers were shipped globally, according to figures from Strategy Ana...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, US, Tech, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Smart Speaker, Brian Heater, Google Home, HomePod, Nest Audio


Google's $100 Nest Audio is the new Google Assistant smart speaker to beat, but Amazon's upcoming Echo could offer better value for fans of Alexa

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Christian de Looper/Business Insider Google's Nest Audio replaces the Google Home as the company's flagship smart speaker.The device features better sound quality than the previous model, and offers an updated design with multiple color options that should look good in any home.With solid audio performance and a competitive $100 price tag, the Nest Audio is the new go-to smart speaker for Google As...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Audio, Speakers, Trends, Tech, Pandora, Smart Home, Zigbee, Alexa, Amazon Music, Tech Review, Google Nest, Tech Insider, Google Home


Amazon Brings Eero Mesh Wi-Fi To ISPs

Amazon's Eero mesh networking company is introducing Eero for Service Providers. "This is an all-new hardware and software offering designed to help internet service providers (ISPs) meet customers' increasing demands for exceptional home Wi-Fi," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols via ZDNet. "This is not just a bundling of a selection of Eero Wi-Fi mesh routers with your existing internet service. It also includes remote network management for your ISP and security and privacy management tools for...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Zigbee, Wi Fi, Steven J Vaughan Nichols, Eero


Amazon announced 13 new devices — here's everything you need to know about the new Echo, Ring, Eero, and more

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Amazon launched several new Echo devices as well as products in other categories, such as Ring, Eero, and even a new game streaming service and controller, during a virtual press event on September 24.The so-named "All-new" Echo speaker costs $99.99 and includes a brand-new, spherical design enabling Dolby stereo sound as well as a built-in ZigBee smart hub.Here's everything you need to know...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Gaming, Echo, Wi Fi, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Features, Netflix, Streaming, Game Streaming, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Alex, Amazon Echo


Amazon's redesigned Echo and Echo Dot are now available for preorder — here's how to buy the new smart speakers

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Amazon launched its all-new Echo smart speaker lineup during a virtual press event on September 24.The next-gen Echo ($99.99), Echo Dot ($49.99), and Echo Dot with Clock ($59.99) all feature a brand-new spherical design, along with improvements in speech processing.An Echo Dot Kids Edition ($59.99) with Panda or Tiger designs will also be available, as well as a new Echo Show 10 smart displa...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Echo, Trends, Tech, Features, Speaker, Zigbee, Alexa, Amazon Amazon, Steven Cohen, Tech Insider, Amazon All, Echo Dot, Smart Speaker, Glacier White