Last December, I reviewed the first two offerings in the mydlink family of smart home products. . Today we will be looking at the newest member of the family, the DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor.
The DCH-S160 is a solid feeling little puck that plugs into a standard wall plug. The 0.5m water sensor cable plugs into the puck using a standard RJ-11 phone plug. The unit comes with a 1m extension but if you need a longer reach a standard telephone extension cable will do the trick. Here it is set up between my sump pump and the washer..a location with a high potential for water overflows.
Setup using the mydlink home smartphone app couldn’t have been simpler especially if your router supports WPS. The Sensor comes with a installation card that has a QR code that you scan with your smartphone..in my case an iPhone 6 with iOS 9.1..when your are prompted by the app and it is just a matter of stepping through the process until your sensor is set up..a coulee of minutes at most. It also sets up a default notification action to your smartphone.
It was more convenient for me to set it up in my office close to the router then move it to the basement location.
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The D-Link mydlink WiFi Water Sensor is a cool little gadget that works well. Response time to water arrival is instantaneous and notification is received on both iPhone and Android smartphones in about a minute. The so called 70db siren however is only a beep and won’t be heard if you are somewhere else in the house. If you want instant notification while at home and don’t carry your smartphone everywhere you will want to buy the companion DCH-S220 siren.
The Water Sensor is $80 and the companion siren is $60 wherever D-Link products are sold. Currently the siren packaging is in English only so cannot be shipped to Quebec. The water sensor has bilingual packaging so is available everywhere in Canada. The total cost of the sensor and siren is well worth the price of $140 when you consider that damage from a water leak can run into the thousands of dollars.