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How to trick people into thinking you're home when you're not (pictures)

One benefit to a truly smart home: It can pretend to be full even when it's empty.

16 Images By October 5, 2015

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Best smart home devices of 2015

From smart locks to smart lights, we've reviewed all kinds of connected home products this year. This category is growing rapidly, but here are our favorites so far.


Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt (Apple HomeKit-enabled)

If you've committed to HomeKit for your smart-home setup (and if you own an Apple TV), then this is an easy lock to recommend, but keep in mind that other locks like it are compatible with more products and platforms.

By October 9, 2015

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 9, 2015

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Choosing the right thermostat for the CNET Smart Home

Smart thermostats are one of the more competitive niches in the smart home. Here's how we narrowed down our choices.

By October 8, 2015


"Does it feel hot in here?" The time we set the Smart Home to 105 degrees

We installed two new Nest Learning Thermostats at the CNET Smart Home and learned a lot along the way.

By October 8, 2015

Editors' Take

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 with Apple HomeKit support

With a new version of the Hue Bridge, you'll be able to bring your smart lights under Siri's control.

By October 5, 2015

MSRP: $60.00


Let there be lights! (smart lights, that is)

Automated lighting makes a lot of sense for the modern, connected living space. Here's what we chose for the CNET Smart Home.

By September 29, 2015

Editors' Take

Logitech Harmony Home Hub Extender

Slip this $100 extender beneath your hub, and you'll be able to take control of bulbs, door locks and more right from your remote control.

By October 6, 2015

MSRP: $99.99


The fascinating stories of the X-Wing extras who were never stars, but were in 'Star Wars'

A long time ago, in a film studio far, far away, a ragtag alliance of unknown extras donned alien masks to shoot a low-budget sci-fi movie. New documentary "Elstree 1976" tells their stories -- CNET met its director, Jon Spira.

By October 9, 2015


Schlage's HomeKit deadbolt doesn't make Sense without Apple TV

Despite simple setup and strong performance, it's hard to recommend this smart lock for anyone who doesn't want to get an Apple TV, too.

By October 9, 2015

Editors' Take

Yale Linus

The new Yale Linus lock aims to be a fully integrated smart-home security device, and it looks promising.

By October 8, 2015

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