Simple smart home upgrades

Five simple pieces of technology that will make your home smarter.

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You've been hearing a lot about the "connected home" and the "Internet of Things" this year, and the buzz is only going to get more intense. With the growth of smartphone and tablet sales slowing, manufacturers are making a big push to get people to turn their old home into a smart home.

Fortunately, there are some great products already on the market that make it easy to seize the benefits of a smarter home. In this week's Top 5, I'll count down some of the simplest ways to give your home a 21st-century upgrade.

For even more ideas, be sure to browse CNET's appliance news and reviews section.

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