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Hive's home automation system is smart, but pricey

The Hive Welcome Home Standard automation kit works well, but has a required monthly fee.

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Hive's motion sensor lets you know when it detects activity.

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Use Hive's smart plugs for lamps and other small devices. 

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The Hive hub is a required accessory. Plug it into your router so it can communicate with the other devices.

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These sensors let you know when a door or window is opened or closed. 

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Adjust Hive's ZigBee LED light bulbs from the related Android or iPhone app.

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The Hive thermostat has an attractive mirrored finish.

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