Review of D-Link DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor


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When thinking of water sensors the name D-Link does not immediately comes to mind. However the company known for their routers and network devices has added just such a device to their product line. The DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor is a wireless based sensor which warns the user before water damage occurs.

As a homeowner, I have had the misfortune of dealing with such water catastrophes via leaky pipes and weather related flooding. Having such a device as the DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor would have saved me a lot of time, frustration and most importantly – money. Today’s review item is one way of being pro-active for this time of situation.

Unboxing

The DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor arrives in a white and turquoise cardboard box within an image of the device along with an IPhone on the front. On the sides of the box we view easy set up instructions, a description how the Wi-Fi water sensor works along with features, minimum requirements and package contents. On the back is an example of the water sensor in action.

  

  

 

Opening the box we find the Wi-Fi water sensor, RJ11 cable, quick install card and water sensor cable.

 

The device is a circular electric plug composed of shiny white plastic. The Wi-Fi water sensor measures 2.56 x 2.56 x 2.07 inches and weighs 3.53 ounces.

In the center of the unit is the D-Link name with an LED above it. On the backside is the AC plug along with the serial number, MAC ID, mydlink number, Wi-Fi name and PIN code. Originating from the bottom is the water sensor cable jack. On the right-hand side is the WPS button. D-Link provides a 3.5 foot no-sense cable and a 1.65 foot sensor cable. The no-sense cable is basically a RJ11 telephone extension cord with a coupler at one end. For longer lengths simply replace with a longer cable.

  

  

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The water sensor features a 70 dB alarm along with a blinking LED when water is detected. To use the device with your Android or iOS smart phone or tablet, simply download the free mydlink Home app.

The quick install card instructs the user to download the free app from either the iTunes app store or the Google Play store. An alternative is to scan the included QR code or go to be website address listed on the card. The app will provide instructions for connecting and configuring the device. On the back of the card are the PIN code, serial number and MAC address information

Specifications and Features

D-Link DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor

The DCH-S160 mydlink is a smart wireless sensor that helps keep your home safe. It will help you detect water damage before serious problems occur. 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.

Specially designed cables

The DCH-S160 comes with two cables: a detachable 3.2 ft non-sensing cable and a specially designed 1.6 ft sensing cable that detects water along its entire length. When water is detected, a 70 dB alarm will sound and an LED will blink to give you audio and visual warnings.

Easy Setup

The DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor can be easily set up using its setup wizard. Download the free mydlink Home app and follow the step-by-step instructions to quickly configure the DCH-S160. Connecting to your Wi-Fi network is as easy as a push of a button: simply push the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and you are ready to go

Features:

Receive an alert on your mobile device and sound an audible alarm when a water leak is detected

Easy setup with connection to your existing Wi-Fi network

Controlled by the free mydlink Home mobile app

Extendable water sensing cable

Works with other mydlink-enabled devices (siren, smart plugs and cameras)

Compact wall plug design (AC powered) – no additional power cables needed

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.

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 using an standard RJ-11 phone cable.

Pair it with a siren

Get alerted before a problem becomes a disaster. Pair with Wi-Fi water sensor with your Wi-Fi Siren to be notified when leaks happen at home.

One language, a world of possibilities.

With IFTTT (If This Then That) support, it’s easy to pair your devices with other IFTTT-enabled products and apps to customize your smart home. Use IFTTT recipes to automatically turn your lights at sunrise, or receive a phone call if a leak is detected in your home. The possibilities of IFTTT are endless — how will you use it?

Functionality
Water Sensor Cable
Total cable length of 4.8 feet:
-Extension cable: 3.2 feet (RJ11 cable)
-Water sensing cable: 1.6 feet
Extension cable can be replaced or extended with standard RJ11 cable

Alarm Sound: One alarm sound built-in to device

Alarm Volume: 70dB

Features:
-Alarm will sound and LED will blink red when water is detected
-Receive mobile push notifications when leak is detected

Mobile App
mydlink Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tables
Requires iOS 7 and above or Android 4.0 or above
Compatible devices
-Wi-Fi Siren (DCH-S220)
-Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110)
-Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215)
-Wi-Fi HD Camera (DCS-935L)

General
Wireless
-802.11n/g wireless Frequency Range
-2.4GHz to 2.4835GHz Maximum Operating Range
-Within wireless coverage from existing Wi-Fi network
-Two internal antennas

LED
-Status
-Warning
-Buttons
-Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
-Reset

Security
-Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
-Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Minimum Requirements
-Smartphone or tablet (iOS 7 or above; Android 4.0 or above)
-Router with Wi-Fi and Internet connection
-One available power outlet (125V AC)

Dimensions: 2.56 x 2.56 x 2.07 inches

Weight: 3.53 ounces
Power: Input: 125V AC, 50/60 Hz

Price: $59.99 (from Amazon at time of review)

The Review

After plugging in the unit and attaching the two included cables you will proceed with the setup process. This involves downloading the free mydlink Home mobile app. After the app is started simply follow the on screen instructions. The app will ask the user to select a device, in this case – sensor.

Next, using the WPS button on the sensor and the user’s router to connect to the home network. Once connected to the Internet the app will request the included PIN code for adding the sensor to the list of D-Link devices controlled by the mydlink Home app.

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Upon completing installation you will probably be asked to run a firmware upgrade.

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At this point you are ready to use the mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor. From the mydlink Home app one can name the device and set up alert preferences.

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For testing I used the mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor in an area of my home known for having an occasional leak. I placed the sensor probe at the base of a bucket and poured some water into the container. The DCH-S160 immediately started to emit a beep similar in volume to when a universal power supply (UPS) is running on emergency battery power. D-Link allows the DCH-S160 to be paired with one of its sirens for those who want a loud indication of possible water damage.

Besides the audible alert, I was also able to receive notification alerts and email warnings through the alert preferences on the mydlink Home app. In addition D-Link offer IFTTT (If This Then That) support for those who use that application.

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Conclusion

Let’s face it water damage can be costly. It is much easier to catch such a disaster sooner than later. With the DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor you can place it in locations that are risks for such events. With five feet of cord length most areas can be protected with the included cables. However if you wish to extend the distance simply use a RJ11 telephone extension cord with a coupler to dramatically increase the coverage area.

The mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor works as advertised as it alerts the user using either notification on one’s phone through the free mydlink Home mobile app or via an email alert. As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure or in this case a few ounces of water detected is much better than having to deal with a flood. For any smart home the DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor is a good investment and can probably save a lot of time, money and frustration in the future.

Pros:
+Simple to set up
+Plug in and forget until an alert occurs
+Phone notifications
+Email alerts
+Can use RJ11 Telephone cords for extensions
+IFTTT (If This Then That) support

Cons:
-Included cables could be slightly longer
-Indoor use only

score-9-10 

Grading

Scores Out of 10
Overallscore-9-10
Design / Aestheticscore-9-10
Value / Pricescore-9-10
Performance / Usagescore-9-10

Disclosure: This product was given to me for review by the company for review purposes only for free or at a discounted price.

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