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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Smart home and networking

Check out our favorite Prime Day deals on all kinds of smart gadgets from smart speakers to smart lighting to Wi-Fi systems and more.

Andrew Gebhart Former senior producer
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It's a good day to grab a Dot.

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Update, July 18: Prime Day officially ended at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET). Nearly all the deals featured below have now expired. Check out our roundup of Prime Day deals still available for a curated list of the best remaining bargains. 

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer's giant 36-hour summer sale, is officially underway as the majority of sales kicked off at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Monday. You'll be able to find deals through Tuesday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). We've gathered the best of the best smart home deals for your bargain hunting convenience. Some items are already sold out, but many of our favorites are still available for now. 

Plus, check out deals available now and everything you need to know about Prime Day 2018.

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Amazon's smart home products

Amazon Cloud Cam ($60): The Amazon Cloud Cam is one of our favorite connected cams with reliable performance and free cloud storage. It was already a great value at $120, so $60 is a steal. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon Echo second-gen ($70): The refined version of the smart speaker that started it all is on sale for $30 off today. Normally, the second-gen Echo is $100, so if you're still on the fence about getting a smart speaker, today could be a good day to spring. The second-gen Echo took everything we liked about the original Echo and improved on it. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Second Generation.

Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation ($30): Still our pick for best smart speaker with the most smarts for your money, the Amazon Echo Dot is even more appealing with today's price cut. It brings all of the smarts of Amazon's assistant, Alexa, into a compact and affordable package. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation.

Amazon Echo Spot ($100): If you want Alexa on your nightstand, the normally $130 Echo Spot doubles as an alarm clock and has a touchscreen so it can show you extra info when you ask questions. You can also use the touchscreen to make video calls and keep track of the time during the night. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Spot


The deal on the Echo Plus is a good one if you want to center your smart home around Alexa. 

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Amazon Echo Plus ($100): The smart speaker for the smart home fanatic is on sale today too. The Amazon Echo Plus looks the most like the original Echo. It has all of the smarts of the other Echo devices. Plus, it has a built-in Zigbee radio, meaning it can double as a hub for your smaller smart home sensors. Today, you can get it for $50 off, and your purchase includes a free Philips Hue bulb. Read the CNET Review of the Amazon Echo Plus

Amazon Echo Show ($130): While we wanted the screen on the Amazon Echo Show to do more, it's hard to argue with this price. $130 is a full $100 off the $230 normal price. Like the Spot, the Show illustrates the answers to your questions and allows you to do things with the touchscreen like make video calls with a voice command. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition ($60): The Kids Edition has all the same functionality of an ordinary Dot, which is great, because we're big fans of the ordinary Dot. Normally $80, the Kids Edition also has a protective bumper on the exterior to help protect the smart speaker. Read the CNET take on the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition


The Look gives Alexa a sense of style. 

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Amazon Echo Look ($100): The Look gives Alexa a cam and a sense of fashion. You can still talk to the Amazon Echo Look as you would an ordinary Alexa-enabled smart speaker. The cam will take a picture on your voice command. Use it to take a full-body selfie, catalog your wardrobe, and even get style advice based on current trends when comparing two outfits. Normally $200, today's discount is a great deal. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Look

Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($174): Technically an Amazon-owned product as well since Amazon bought Ring, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is available at a steep discount today. Normally $249, the Ring Pro is slim enough to fit on most door frames and will show you who comes knocking in 1080p HD. Read the CNET review of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Ring Spotlight Cam ($140): A great outdoor cam with a built-in light, the Ring Spotlight Cam is also on sale today. You can snag the battery powered or the wired cam for $60 off. Read the CNET review of the Ring Spotlight Cam


Today's a good day to grab the Rachio Smart Sprinkler.

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Other smart home deals

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller second-gen ($175): This sale makes sense, as Rachio's third-gen controller is out now, but the second-gen Rachio is still great. In fact, it's our favorite smart sprinkler to date, and $25 off is a good deal. (Here's why you need a smart sprinkler if you're still in doubt.) The $175 price is for the eight-zone model, normally $200. Weirdly, the 16-zone model is on sale for even cheaper. Get the 16-zone model for $150 today, down from $250. Amazon also has a few package deals combining the Rachio and an Echo Dot. Read the CNET review of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat bundle ($200): You can get one of our favorite smart thermostats today bundled with three temperature sensors. The sensors talk to the thermostat, so you can fine tune your heat based on how it feels in your living room. The package normally costs $290, so getting $90 off is pretty great. Read the CNET review of the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat


The August Pro and the 3rd-Gen August are on sale today. 

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August third-gen Smart Lock ($111): One of our favorite smart locks is almost $40 off today. The newest August smart lock installs in minutes and works with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. You'll need to add a Connect Wi-Fi module for $80 if you want to control it outside of Bluetooth range, though.  

Or, you can upgrade to the August Smart Lock Pro, also on sale today for roughly $40 off. It's $238 versus $280 normally. Read CNET's review of the third-gen Smart Lock and our review of the August Smart Lock Pro.

Blink Security Camera ($150): Blink's security cams are on sale today. The two pack of Indoor Cams is sold out, but the three pack is still on sale at a good price. We found Blink's features a bit limited when we tested it in 2016, but $150 is a nice price for three battery powered cams.

The outdoor Blink XT is also on sale in multipacks. The single cam sales of those are sold out as well. Get three cams for $230, which is $90 off of the normal price. Note the outdoor cams won't deliver until Aug. 6. Read the CNET review of the Blink Security Camera.

Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit ($245): Noon's smart lighting kit performed reliably in our tests, but we thought it was too expensive. Prime Day is helping with that issue with a steep discount off of the $530 kit that replaces your wall switches. Read the CNET Review of the Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit.


Lock down your home with Abode. 

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Abode Essentials Starter Kit ($230): A solid DIY security system including a hub and a handful of sensors, Abode also offers contract-free professional monitoring if you'd like and it works with plenty of other smart home gadgets such as Nest and Amazon's Alexa. Read the CNET review of the Abode Starter Kit

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound ($200): One of the first smoke detectors you can talk to, First Alert's smoke and carbon monoxide alarm has Amazon's Alexa built in and promises great sound quality for playing music from your ceiling when it doesn't need to blare a warning to keep you safe. It normally costs $250. Read CNET's first take on the First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound


Buy our favorite in-wall switches for $40 off. 

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Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch ($120): Our favorite in-wall lighting system, Lutron Caseta switches replace your wall-mounted switches and work reliably with a number of other smart home devices including Nest and Alexa. They're $40 off today. You can get a few bucks off ordinary Lutron dimmers today as well. Read the CNET review of the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch

TP-Link Kasa Light Switch ($35): Another solid smart switch you can get for cheap today, the Kasa switches are normally $51.

Philips Hue White Starter Kit ($55): Philips Hue is one of our favorite smart lighting lines, and today you can buy lots of Philips Hue gear at a discount. This starter kit includes the hub for connecting the rest of your bulbs. It's normally $70. Plus, a four pack of bulbs is on sale for $40, which is $10 off. You can also get $25 off Philips Hue's Lightstrip Plus and more. Read the CNET review of the White LED Stater Kit

Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor ($150): An HD Baby Monitor that works with all major voice assistants including Amazon's Alexa, the Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor is on sale today for $50 off the normal $200 price. We've liked other products in the Netgear Arlo line, and the Baby Monitor includes two-way talk, air quality sensors and a night light. Netgear Arlo wall mounts are also on sale today for 50 percent off. Read CNET's take on the Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor

Netgear Arlo Home Security Light ($400): This motion-activated floodlight for watching over your yard is entirely battery-powered, rather than wired. Stick it anywhere you'd put a floodlight or spotlight light fixture, at about $75 less than its usual price today. Read CNET's review of the Netgear Arlo Home Security Light.

Netgear Arlo Pro ($440): This security camera is a smart choice if you plan to install security cameras outside your home with the hub's impressive extended Wi-Fi range. It's just down from it's usual price of $470. Read CNET's review of Netgear's Arlo Pro.

Networking deals

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender ($23): Help your Wi-Fi reach the corners of your house with the Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender. It's almost half off the normal $45 price today if you need a signal boost in your basement. Read CNET's review of the Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender

TP-Link Archer AC1900 Wi-Fi Router ($65): With a big price cut down from $110, the TP-Link AC1900 offers fast speeds and reliable performance for a very appealing price. TP-Link's 8-Port Smart Switch is also on sale if you need to do some data transfers. It's $24 today and $50 normally. Read CNET's review of the TP-Link Archer AC1900 Wi-Fi Router


Netgear's Orbi Wi-Fi system has a long reach. 

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Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System ($220): Get $70 off one of our favorite mesh Wi-Fi systems today. Netgears Mesh System uses multiple hardware units to blanket a large home in signal and deliver reliably fast speeds throughout. Read CNET's review of the Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System

Google WiFi System one-pack ($100): You can also extend one of our other favorite mesh systems today with a Google WiFi for $30 off. Google WiFi can cover 1,500 square feet with a single unit. It's also sold as a three-pack, which can cover 4,500 square feet. Read CNET's review of Google Wifi

Asus Wireless AC1700 Router ($60): Normally sold for close to $90, you can get the Asus AC1700 today at an attractive price. A similar Asus router recently won CNET's Editors' Choice

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