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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-...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Austin, Netflix, Smart Home, Philips, Hulu, Skype, Facetime, Mark Gurman, Zigbee


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


This is the newer, rounder $100 Amazon Echo

Amazon kicked things off at today’s big (virtual) hardware event in Seattle by introducing a very new and very round take on the Echo. The biggest change appears to be aesthetic, turning the smart speaker into a big, fabric covered call. That’s a nice improvement from a sound perspective, doing a better job of offering fuller sound from all sides. It’s a design the company is carrying across the speaker line, including similarly shaped versions of the Dot. The new smart speaker automatically tu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Tech, Seattle, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Amazon Hardware Event 2020, Echo Plus Amazon Sidewalk


Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 follows you as you move

So this is crazy. Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 swivels on its base to follow you around the room. The on-board camera is capable of recognizing a person and spins around to follow them — essentially taking the person tracking feature found on Facebook’s Portal and Google’s Nest Hub Max to the next, creepier lever. Amazon is quick to note — from a privacy perspective — that the device doesn’t identify people individually, so much as just recognizing the general shape of a person and spinning arou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Echo, Hardware, Tech, Netflix, Skype, Zigbee, Echo Show, Nest Hub Max, Amazon Hardware Event 2020


Amazon redesigns the Echo line with spherical speakers and swiveling screens

Amazon today announced a lot of new products including the new Echo speaker line. And the products looks dramatically different. Gone are the cylinders. They’re spheres now and look like nothing else on the market. The lights are now on the bottom, while there are still rounded buttons on the top. The Alexa software got an upgrade, too. The new capabilities allows it to become more personalized as it can now ask clarifying questions and then use this personalized data to interact with the user l...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Skype, Zigbee, Alexa, Facebook Portal, Echo Studio Auto Link


The best smart home security systems

You no longer have to call a traditional security company to get a home security system in place.As smart home gadgets become more affordable and easy to use, making your home secure is easier than ever before.The best home security system you can set up by yourself is the Simplisafe home security system.You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras.Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. Smart security systems have seen a boom ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Adt, Honeywell


The best smart home security systems you can buy

You no longer have to call a traditional security company to get a home security system in place.As smart home gadgets become more affordable and easy to use, making your home secure is easier than ever before.The best home security system you can set up by yourself is the Simplisafe home security system.You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras.Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. Smart security systems have seen a boom ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Adt, Honeywell


Amazon details its low-bandwidth Sidewalk neighborhood network, coming to Echo and Tile devices soon

Last year, Amazon announced its Sidewalk network, a new low-bandwidth, long-distance wireless protocol it developed to help connect smart devices inside and — maybe even more importantly — outside of your home. Sidewalk, which is somewhat akin to a mesh network that, with the right amount of access points, could easily cover a whole neighborhood, is now getting closer to launch. As Amazon announced today, compatible Echo devices will become Bluetooth bridges for the Sidewalk network later thi...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Echo, Bluetooth, Networking, Developer, Encryption, Home Automation, Wireless, Red Cross, Iot, Mesh Networking, Texas Instruments, Zigbee, Tile


The Source Canada Deals: Save Up to $50 OFF Headphones + Up to 50% OFF Gaming Accessories + More

The Source Canada has awesome deals as follow: Save $20 off Apple Watch S3 Save up to $50 off headphones Save up to 50% off gaming accessories Save up to $500 off TVs Save up to $200 off laptops This Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Generation – Charcoal is on sale for only $99.99. You’re saving $100.00 from the original price of $199.99! Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub to easily setup and control your compatible smart home devices, and an improved sound for streaming music. The Source Canada offers ...
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Linux-driven Home Assistant smart hub starts at $219

zPoint Products has gone to Indiegogo to pitch an open source, cloudless “BaHa Box” smart hub starting at $219 that runs Linux and Home Assistant on an Allwinner H2+ or i.MX6 ULL with 2x USB, 10/100 LAN, WiFi/BT, and optional Zigbee and Z-Wave. Delta, Canada based zPoint Products, a spin-off of TechSol (Technical Solutions Inc), […]
Tags: Canada, Indiegogo, Linux, Zigbee, TechSol Technical Solutions Inc


What agents need to know about smart home protocols

Setting up a smart home can really add value to a home — not to mention, enormous convenience for the homeowner. But where do you get started? And how do you set up a centralized smart home hub? Here's what you need to know.
Tags: Technology, Service, Radio, Agent, Smart Home, Zigbee, Mesh Network, Local Control, Brokerage, Select, Smart Hub, Z-wave, Smart Home Technology, Brandon Doyle, Centralized Hub, RGBgenie


Smart home tech for agents: Which smart switch is right for you?

Controlling the lights in a home through a tried-and-true voice assistant or a smartphone app is not only helpful, but also incredibly convenient. Here's what homeowners should look for when weighing their smart switch options.
Tags: Video, Technology, Service, Radio, Agent, Zigbee, Select, Lutron Caseta, Z-wave, Brilliant Control, Smart Switches, Light Switch, Brandon Doyle, Smart Light Switch, C by GE switches, Inovelli Red Series


The best smart speakers

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, smart speakers can answer any question, control your smart home, play games, and so much more. The best smart speaker is the new Amazon Echo with its tens of thousands of skills, ability to buy items on Amazon, support for dozens of smart home devices, and good audio quality.  Amazon's Echo was the very first smart speaker on the scene with artificial intelligence, and it still dominates the field. Since its launch, Amazon has grown the Echo lineu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Siri, Amazon Prime, Cnn, Chromecast, Pandora, Npr, Sonos, Gizmodo, Amazon Echo, Home Hub, Sophos


The best smart home deals we're expecting from Amazon Prime Day 2020

Amazon's Prime Day event will return for 2020, and with it will come a new series of incredible deals on all kinds of tech products.  We've rounded up what we expect will be the best smart home deals from Amazon, iRobot, Logitech, Ring, Arlo, August, and more for Prime Day 2020. Since Prime Day 2020 deals haven't been released yet, here are some other ways you can save: shop online sales going on today, find coupons for your favorite stores, and browse all the latest deals here. Check out all ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Logitech, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Arlo, Kasa, Amazon Alexa Google, Amazon Echo Show, Yale Assure Lock SL, Yale Assure Lock, Kasa Smart Wi Fi


Keep Your ZigBee Smart Home Devices Updated to Protect Against This Hack

Hacked by a Hue lightbulb? It sounds silly, but security researchers at Check Point Software recently demonstrated that unpatched Philips Hue smart lights be used as an attack vector into your network if someone takes advantage of an exploit in the ZigBee protocol that the bulbs use to communicate with their bridge.Read more...
Tags: Vulnerability, Lifehacks, Philips, Hue, Lighting, Zigbee, Smarthome, Check Point Software, ZigBee Smart Home Devices Updated


The best speaker deals we expect on Prime Day 2020 from Sonos, Samsung, Amazon, and more

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is likely to offer lots of great deals on speakers, including sound bars and smart speakers. Last year's sale featured big discounts on audio products from Sonos and Samsung, as well as Amazon's own lineup of Echo speakers.  Check out all of our Prime Day 2020 coverage here for access to even more great deals during the sale. If you want to save now, you can also check out our Deal of the Day and Insider Coupons pages for current discounts on a variety of products. Speak...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Vizio, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Dolby Atmos, ONKYO, Amazon Alexa, Sonos Beam, Amazon Smart Plug, Amazon Echo 3rd Gen, Sonos Samsung Amazon, Sonos Samsung