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A house filled with tech

For the past few months, we've been hard at work filling the CNET Smart Home with connected gadgets. Our goal is to test all of it under one roof, in a practical, real-world setting. Click through to see everything we've played with to date.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

The Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat is perhaps the the most popular smart-home gadget, and it's our thermostat of choice for the CNET Smart Home. We've got two of them -- one downstairs, and one on the second floor.

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Amazon Echo

We've also been eager to test out voice controls in the smart home, so we made sure to pick up an Amazon Echo smart speaker. You operate Echo by talking to Alexa, the cloud-connected AI housed inside. She can already sync up with a few notable smart-home gadgets, and the list is growing.

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We also wanted a smart-home platform capable of uniting multiple third-party devices within a single system. After weighing the options, we went with the second-gen SmartThings Hub.

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Belkin WeMo Light Switch

With Amazon Echo and SmartThings in place, it made perfect sense to add in the Belkin WeMo Light Switch, which works with both. For this fixture, we combined four smart switches into a single plate.

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Philips Hue Starter Kit

We went with color-changing Philips Hue bulbs for the same reason -- they work with just about everything.

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Philips Hue Bridge 2.0

After installing those Hue bulbs, Philips released an updated version of the Hue Bridge that'll sync your lights up with Apple HomeKit. So, we made the upgrade.

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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit

Another Hue addition: this Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit, which brings a handy wall-mounted remote into play.

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Cree Connected LED

We also added a few of these Cree Connected LEDs to our setup -- they work with Philips Hue.

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Chamberlain MyQ Garage

In the garage, you'll find the MyQ controller from Chamberlain. We can use it to open or close the door remotely, using a smartphone app.

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Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

For security, we chose the connected cam compatible with our SmartThings hub -- the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

When we moved to the kitchen, we started by adding some automated lights to the dark countertop where we wanted the coffee machine.

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Anova Precision Cooker

Then, we brought in Anova's Bluetooth-enabled sous vide cooker.

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Technivorm Moccamaster

We wanted a nice coffee machine for that newly smartened coffee corner.

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iDevices Switch

And we used the HomeKit enabled iDevices Switch to make the Technivorm coffee maker smart.

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iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Mini

Finally, we finished the kitchen with a Bluetooth thermometer we could use with any cooking device.

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Neurio helped us smarten up our energy usage.

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We wanted to use the Smart Home to help us be better hosts as well -- and that meant connecting the bar. With Fizzics, we were able to pour a bubbly brew from a bottle.

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Perfect Drink

Not content with just better beer, we used Perfect Drink to help us make better cocktails as well.

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Fibaro Flood Sensor

Smartening our drinking game was fun, but we were plenty serious when prepping the CNET Smart Home for disaster. The Fibaro Flood Sensor will help us watch for leaks.

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Nest Protect Second Generation

For smoke and CO detection, we chose the second-generation Nest Protect.

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BeOn Bulbs

We used BeOn's bulbs with battery backup to both simulate our usage when we weren't home and give us light if the power went out.

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iBright Surge Protector

Finishing our disaster prep, we used the iBright Surge Protector to keep our electronics safe.

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Philips Hue Go

We also wanted the kids room upstairs to have friendly connected lighting. We used the Philips Hue Go for that.

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