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D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: D-Link
Source: D-Link
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January 10, 2020

Over the years we have done quite a few D-Link reviews, but the majority of these devices were their networking gear and IP cameras. But way back in 2014 we took a look at their smart outlet and motion sensor. Recently they sent over their latest smart outlet (DSP-W118) which is considerably smaller than the old one and their water sensor (DCH-S161). They have also added to the smart home platform an outdoor outlet, a door/window sensor, and an updated motion sensor. Let’s see how this water sensor performs.

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Features and Specifications:

The D-Link DCH-S161 is roughly a 2.7” square white box that is about 1.2” thick. It uses (2) readily available AA batteries which are included to get you started, and houses a built in 90dB alarm siren. The unit comes with a sensor probe with integral cable that is about 6 feet long. It is wall mountable and is operable through the mydlink app, Google Assistant and IFTTT. Surprisingly Alexa is not included on this device. Below is a list of features and specifications from D-Link’s website.

» Detects Water Leaks " Be alerted with the built-in siren or by real-time push notification
» Smart Home-Ready - Works with the Google Assistant and IFTTT
» Works with your Wi-Fi " Connects to your existing Wi-Fi router, no hub required
» Battery Powered " Lasts up to 1 and a half years on 2 AA batteries
» 90 dB Siren
» Audible alerts when water is detected.
» Network Protocols 802.11 g/n wireless ,WPS button, Reset button
» Probe cord length: 5.9 ft
» Device Management mydlink™ app
» Power Input: 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
» Dimensions 2.68 x 2.68 x 1.22 in
» Weight 2.12 oz
» Certifications FCC ,CE, UL, LVD

Not sure why the site lists the device as using AC power when it is clearly battery powered, my guess is this spec got carried over from another device.

Packaging and Accessories:

The packaging for the D-Link DCH-S161 water sensor is very similar to the smart outlet. On the front we have a picture of the device with the sensing cable attached, it mentions the internal 90dB siren and long battery life. The back shows a typical installation by a washing machine and covers the app features, compatibility with IFTTT and Google. The sides have a contents list, an over view of the device front and rear as well as the technical specs.

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Sliding the tray out of the box, you will find the Quick Start Guide and under that the main body of the sensor. Lifting the sensor off the tray, you’ll find the rest of the accessories underneath. There are (2) AA batteries included, screws, and the sensor with integral cable.

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