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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

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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. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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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.

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Ring app adds support for iOS’s Critical Alerts feature

You can now get emergency Ring Alarm notifications on your iPhone or iPad even if you have Do Not Disturb mode enabled.

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New Ring Alarm home security system with 1-touch buttons for police, fire, and medical emergencies coming soon

The new keypad for arming and disarming the system is smaller and sleeker, despite having more features, and the Z-Wave smart home hub remains.

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How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

You can use Alexa on your Amazon Echo to make calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how.

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Aqara Smart Home Starter Kit review: This muddy smart home kit has a glimmer of promise

This bare-bones, but budget-friendly kit covers just the basics and is very weak in terms of home security.

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The best Google Home-compatible smart home devices

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

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Resideo Home app promises whole-home system monitoring

A new app monitors a home’s water, HVAC, power, and security systems—provided you go all in with Resideo Technologies’ hardware.

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Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

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Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Nest Hub Max: Which 10-inch smart display should you buy?

The two top smart displays from Amazon and Google go head-to-head.

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Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Small and solid wins the race

Amazon's newest Echo speaker is its best yet, with a great design, excellent features, and a killer price tag.

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Amazon’s Echo Connect lets you make landline calls with your Echo devices, and it’s just $20 today

Making iPhone and Android phone calls with Alexa is a snap once you fiddle with the right settings, but did you know the Alexa/Echo combo works with landlines, too? All you need is an Echo Connect.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

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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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Hubitat Elevation review: This smart home hub keeps everything local, a noble but ultimately impractical goal

Is the cloud really all that bad?

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

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