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August Smart Lock and SmartThings Wi-Fi Integration Review
Via direct Wi-Fi integration with Samsung SmartThings, the August Smart Lock Pro gains more control and automation flexibility. Image: Digitized House.

August Smart Lock and SmartThings Wi-Fi Integration Review

Beyond the predominance of the Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant connected home ecosystems, Samsung SmartThings has shaken out as a reasonable alternative. So it was with high expectations that we embarked on testing the fresh-out-of-the-lab…

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Shining a Light on the Orro Switch
The many faces of Orro, a flexible ecosystem built around smart in-wall switches and sensors. Image: Orro.

Shining a Light on the Orro Switch

Smart devices are everywhere you go. You'll notice things like smartwatches or smart home hubs are now part of daily life. The versatile Orro switch is one of those devices that's aiming high in the business. FeaturesCompatibilityPriceCheck…

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Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans
Want the capability to review your security camera's video history? You may need to buy a subscription plan. Image: Digitized House.

Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans

The latest in DIY security cameras and video doorbells are among the most popular connected home accessories, and for good reasons. These awareness solutions can instantly alert you to the presence of intruders, signal as a package…

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Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review
Legrand has launched a line of Apple HomeKit-compatible smart plug-in dimmers and switches. Image: Digitized House.

Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review

Legrand has just moved into the Apple HomeKit neighborhood, bringing with it a broad range of connected home products. For the U.S. market, they have launched a full line of HomeKit in-wall switches and dimmers, as well…

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Deal of the Day: Jackery Explorer Portable Power Station and Solar Panel
Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station and SolarSaga solar panel. Image: Jackery.

Deal of the Day: Jackery Explorer Portable Power Station and Solar Panel

Portable gas generators are exceedingly helpful during power outages or when you need access to power while camping or in remote, off-grid locations. The downside lies in their never-ending thirst for fuel and the resulting carbon emissions,…

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Best Holiday Deals on Samsung QLED 4K TVs
A 2019 65-in. Samsung QLED Q60 4K TV anchors a corner of our Digitized House integration lab. All 2019 QLEDs get the Apple TV app built in. Image: Digitized House.

Best Holiday Deals on Samsung QLED 4K TVs

When readers ask us about which 4K TV to buy, we often recommend the Samsung QLED line—and for good reason. We own two of them, and they have been exemplary displays on nearly all counts. And with…

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All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage
Here are the best Black Friday Weekend and early Cyber Monday deals so far.

All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage

Black Friday itself has come and gone, but most of our recommendations below are still running through Black Friday Weekend and new Cyber Monday and Cyber Week deals are already out there for the taking. Here's a…

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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Protect, Nest x Yale Locks (Right Now)
Google Nest Cam Outdoor security camera. Image: Digitized House.

Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Protect, Nest x Yale Locks (Right Now)

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat started the connected thermostat product genre, and they are still an excellent choice for many homes. They've controlled the HVAC in our homes for the past seven years, never exhibiting a single…

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Review: Controlling Philips Hue Lighting on Apple TV With Hue TV App
The Hue app on Apple TV enables control of Philips Hue smart lighting from the Apple TV screen. Image: Digitized House.

Review: Controlling Philips Hue Lighting on Apple TV With Hue TV App

A cottage industry of app development around the Philips Hue family of smart LED lighting has produced a nice collection of software that runs on the popular Apple TV platform. Certainly, the native Hue smartphone app is…

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Best Black Friday Weekend Deals on Sonos Wireless Home Audio
The Sonos Beam soundbar and Sonos One speaker include onboard Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. Image: Sonos.

Best Black Friday Weekend Deals on Sonos Wireless Home Audio

If you have been considering outfitting your space with Sonos multi-room wireless audio products, now may be the time with these special Black Friday weekend deals. We have been everyday users of Sonos for over seven years,…

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Black Friday Weekend Deal on Pani Smart Water Monitor at 29% Off
The Pani Smart Water Monitor is a great way to begin conserving water in your home. Image: Digitized House.

Black Friday Weekend Deal on Pani Smart Water Monitor at 29% Off

We covered the Pani Smart Water Monitor in an in-depth review just a few weeks ago. As stated in the review, we see this first smart water product from Austin, Texas-based startup Pani Systems as an ultra-smart…

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Best Security Cameras for 2020: 14 Makers Compared
Ring Stick Up Cam (top), Amazon Cloud Cam (lower left), and Kasa Spot (lower right). Image: Digitized House.

Best Security Cameras for 2020: 14 Makers Compared

Home security is more important than ever. But traditional security cameras can only let you know when a crime has happened after the fact. You can't keep an eye on your home 24/7—or, at least, you can't…

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Five Best Dimmable Fixtures for Optimal LED Lighting
Modern LED track lighting can be an attractive addition to your living space, while adding dimming and lowering energy usage. Image: Khiem Tran from Pixabay.

Five Best Dimmable Fixtures for Optimal LED Lighting

If you’re looking to make the switch to LED lighting, it can be as simple as putting a new bulb in an existing fixture. However, to make the most of what LED technology is capable of, you…

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