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General Sensors/Smart Plugs: D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor

D-Link’s $59 Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCHS160), promoted as the first Wi-Fi-based water-leak sensor, sends push notifications to mobile devices to alert users of a water leak and avoid potentially costly water damage. It plugs into power outlets near water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, and sump pumps.

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.

The sensor works directly with the mydlink home app, which allows users to set up alerts when water is detected. The Wi-Fi water sensor works with other mydlink-enabled devices (sirens, smart plugs and cameras). All of the D-Link connected home devices, including Wi-Fi smart plugs, work with the mydlink Home app for a seamless smart home experience.