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D-Link DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor
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- Receive push notifications when water is detected via mobile app
- Built-in alarm will sound (up to 70 dB) and LED will blink red when water is detected
- Detachable cables included (3.5 ft. non-sensing and 1.65 ft. sensor cable)
- Create rules via mydlink mobile app to enable interaction with additional mydlink home automation products such as motion sensor, Wi-Fi cameras, Smart Plugs and more.
- Easy set up with the mydlink Home app
- IFTTT compatible - Pair with any IFTTT enabled product or app to connect your Wi-Fi Water Sensor in fun and useful ways
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From the manufacturer
No leak out of reach
Leaks don't always happen near an available outlet. That's why we've designed our 3.3 ft extension cable to be extended even further.
Works with what you have
Connects to your existing Wi-Fi network – Easy D.I.Y. set-up and no monthly fees.
Pair it with a siren
Stop a problem from becoming a disaster. Pair your Wi-Fi Water Sensor with your Wi-Fi Siren to detect leaks from washing machines and water heaters before they cost you thousands.
Know when water is detected before it's too late
Receive an alert on your mobile device and sound an audible alarm when a water leak is detected. But it’s what you can do next that’s really exciting.
Know when water is detected
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|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
|Style Name||Water Sensor|
The DCH-S160 mydlink is a smart wireless water sensor that helps keep your home safe. It will help you detect water damage before serious problems occur. Get alerted when water is detected in basements, sinks, near a water heater, dishwashers, in a bathroom or anywhere there might be moisture. The DCH-S160 also works with the DCH-S220 mydlink Wi-Fi Siren to increase alarm volume and range. Get push notifications with the mydlink Home app on your smartphone so you always know what is going on at home from anywhere.
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The build quality of this sensor is excellent. The main unit is gloss white with one WPS pairing button on it and a side mounted LED light and bottom sensor jack. You get a 1 meter (39”) telephone type cable which plugs into the bottom of the Water Sensor Unit and then a 19” water sensor probe which plugs into the extension cable. All total you get just under 5’ of cable length from the sensor to the end of the water probe.
Configuring the Wi-Fi for me was very easy, the Water Sensor paired with my router using the WPS Button and then the MyDlink Home App connected to the water sensor after scanning a QR Code and set up a secure P2P connection between d-link’s servers and the water sensor.
It took two tries to for the MyDlink Home App to connect to the water sensor but my home network is more complicated than the average home, I have two routers and a VPN network so I was actually surprised that the MyDlink was able to connect to the router on the second try ... I thought for sure I would have to call tech support but I didn't need to.
I installed the MyDlink Home App on my phone and iPad and it found my existing cameras and new water sensor. I tested the water sensor in my sump and behind my washing machine and in both areas it works flawlessly and sent me notifications within 20 seconds of detecting water.
As a test, I also unplugged the unit for a day to simulate a power failure. The MyDlink Home App indicated that the water sensor was no longer on line and then when power was restored the status of the sensor updated on the app and it connected and worked again without issue.
I’m very pleased with this water sensor however the build in siren is fairly quiet and the notifications on the phone are also quiet and just the normal notifications.
D-link makes a Wireless Siren D-Link DCH-S220 mydlink Wi-Fi Siren which I’m thinking of getting and I wish there was some way on the iPhone to make the notification Stand Out More.
Overall I’m happy with this water sensor and I’m going to get a couple more for the laundry room and hot water tank.
Should have known better. I don't generally like D-LINK products. They are always complicated to set up and not always reliable.
I finally got this working, but I had to race back to my computer and write a review to send a clear warning to those of you considering purchasing this device. Sadly, I think by the end of this review, you are going to end up buying it anyway. There's really little other choices out there.
So let me backtrack...
I built a very expensive home theater in my basement, which is located adjacent to a room that contains a water heater. Over 10 years ago, prior to building that home theater, the old water heater burst and deposited gallons of water across my basement floor. It was complete havoc to clean up. It completely ruined the floor and furniture.
I have always wanted to carpet the basement and build my dream theater. I never did it because I knew that one day, I faced having the replacement water heater failing and the same disaster repeating itself.
I went ahead and carpeted the basement earlier this year. Added a projector and expensive recliners.
I figured, if I could safeguard that water heater, I may be able to head off the next disaster.
The first step was purchasing a flood stop device that automatically turns off the water valve if water is detected.
Next, I searched for a device that would sense a leak and send me a notification to my iPhone. I was surprised to see that there weren't many options available. Some devices were very expensive. Some devices got awful reviews. The D-Link DCH-S160 sort of fell in the middle of being affordable and having some decent (while not overwhelming) positive reviews.
After reading all the Amazon reviews, as you are doing now, I knew that I was possibly facing an uphill climb in attempting to install this device. However, I am very confident in my abilities as a tech guy. I can essentially hook up anything that involves WiFi and iPhone communication.
Wow --- did I ever meet my match with this water sensor. I can't begin to tell you how close I was to boxing this up and sending it back to Amazon.
It took me two hours to get this device working correctly. None of the problems were related to not knowing how to properly set this up, but the inability of the sensor and the iPhone app to communicate correctly.
In theory, this should have taken 5 minutes to set up. I also purchased the D-Link SIREN and I had that working within minutes.
With the D-Link water sensor, you essentially set it up using the iPhone (or other smartphone) app, You download the app, create an account, and add a device. Adding a device is as easy as scanning the Qcode on the enclosed card. The first step is then having the app communicate with the D-Link modem. Once that is done and you enter the supplied PIN code, you connect to your home network.
Really, I had no problem with this. That's sort of the easy part.
The mess is what follows. I went through dozens of attempts to obtain the new firmware I was instructed to download. Most all those attempts resulted in the download freezing at about 25%. Each time I had to reset the D-Link and start all over again. During that process, sometimes the D-Link connected to my WiFi network. Sometimes it didn't.
How did I finally connect? With the kind of persistence that most people wouldn't give a product. I just kept trying over and over and over again, resetting the device and hoping that the firmware would fully download. I just happened to get lucky on of the last attempts I made.
The most important piece of advice I can give you is when the app tells you to "reboot your device," to unplug the D-LINK, and keep it unplugged for about 20 seconds. If you plug it in too soon, it doesn't reboot as it should. And you know what? None of this is included in the instructions. I didn't even know how to reboot this device until I read an Amazon review saying that it's a simple unplug action. Really, with a button on the D-Link device, rebooting could mean anything.
I was not able to rest the D-LINK atop the water heater because the sensor cord is a little too short. I just bought an extension cable and let the device hang on a pipe.
Once the iPhone app sensed the connection of the D-LINK sensor, I put the device to a test...
I filled a bowl with water and placed the sensor in it. The D-LINK immediately began beeping. It activated my D-LINK SIREN and I received an immediate notification to my iPhone.
So, once you get this working, it works BEAUTIFULLY!
A couple suggestions...
First, get the D-LINK siren. It is an absolute must buy purchase. You will not hear the alarm going off in your basement, but you can plug the siren anywhere in your home and it is certainly loud enough to wake you from a sleep.
Secondly, for iPhone users, go into SETTINGS -> NOTIFICATIONS and look for the MYDLINK HOME settings. Under alert style, choose ALERTS (the third option). This ensures that the alert stays on the screen instead of suddenly disappearing out of view.
I would love to give the D-LINK a 5-star review. It deserves such for what it claims to do. However, the fact that it's going to take some of you hours to get set up and working correctly means that it's not going to get the rating it ultimately deserves.