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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.

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

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


No direction home? IBM's painful ad with Bob Dylan

Technically Incorrect: In a new ad, the hero of so many -- including Steve Jobs -- resorts to talking with IBM's supercomputer Watson. Oh.

By October 6, 2015


Insteon Hub Pro (HomeKit-enabled)

If you're an iOS user looking to schedule lights and appliances to turn on and off through a single app, then Insteon's HomeKit-compatible Hub fits the bill, and it has the potential to get even better, but as of now, it's too limited to recommend.

By September 19, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating September 19, 2015

MSRP: $149.99

Editors' Take

Apple HomeKit (iOS)

Yes, you can already access various smart home products from your iPhone or iPad, but Apple's HomeKit software may have found a better way... if it ever officially launches.

By September 10, 2015

Pricing not available

Editors' Take

Home Connect

Bosch will expand its Home Connect app launched last year to smarten up fridges, washing machines, dryers, and coffee machines.

By September 2, 2015


iDevices brings an outdoor plug and a thermostat to HomeKit

iDevices brings a trio of smart-home products to market, all compatible with Apple HomeKit centralized control on iOS and powered by Siri voice activation.

By September 16, 2015


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


"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