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Best smart home devices of 2014

From smart locks to smart lights, here's the best in smart home tech.

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BOT Home Automation Doorbot

Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time.

August 1, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating August 1, 2014

MSRP: $199.00

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Wink Hub

While the Wink Hub has some design and usability kinks to work out, its affordability and versatility make it a very desirable option for whole-home automation.

August 20, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 20, 2014

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Staples Connect Hub (D-Link Edition)

A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.

June 30, 2014

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Apple iOS 8

Apple's latest OS for the iPhone and iPad heaps on the features, but makes more minimal changes compared to last year's OS overhaul.

June 2, 2014

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Belkin WeMo Light Switch

The Belkin WeMo Light Switch is a little expensive, but it's mostly a solid a la carte option for DIYers interested in home automation.

September 8, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 8, 2013
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Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion

The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion is a fun, wallet-friendly step toward the long-promised home automation revolution.

September 8, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 8, 2013
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iRobot Braava 380t

For $300 (or £260) the Braava might be tempting, but consider holding out for something smarter, more powerful, and with more features.

May 7, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2014
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Sony STR-DA2800ES

Sony's two new receivers, in partnership with Control4, are the first consumer receivers to feature built-in home automation functionality.

September 5, 2012

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ADT teams up with IFTTT to automate home security

The security mainstay is looking to IFTTT to help offer smarter home security controls.

By August 19, 2014

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Archos Smart Home Starter Pack

While you may be tempted by the promise of value, Archos' sloppy Smart Home Starter Pack fails at a fundamental level.

August 15, 2014

2 stars Editors' rating August 15, 2014

MSRP: $250.00