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D-Link Expands Wi-Fi Home-Automation Selection

Fountain Valley, Calif. – D-Link expanded its selection of Wi-Fi-based home-automation products with the shipment of what it called the industry’s first Wi-Fi water-leak sensor.

Unlike battery-operated water-leak sensors that use other wireless technologies, D-Link’s $59 mydlink one-piece Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCH-S160)  plugs into a power outlet near washers, sinks, and water heaters for power. A 1.6-foot sensing cable connected to the sensor detects water along its entire length. When water is detected, an embedded 70dB siren sounds, and an LED flashes. The sensor also pushes notification alerts to smartphones and tablets. A 3.3-foot RJ-11 extension cable can be used to extend the water-sensing cable farther from the outlet.

A new $49 companion Wi-Fi siren (DCH-S220) can be paired with the Wi-Fi Water Sensor and other D-Link devices to generate an additional audio alert in another room or other location.

Both products integrate with other mydlink-enabled devices such as Wi-Fi smart plugs and Wi-Fi security cameras, all of which can be monitored and controlled from the mydlink home app.