The D-Link water sensor is intelligently designed and has all the important advantages to making it an effective flood detector.
The only real weakness of D-Link is that it is based on being connected, which means that the power outages are the Achilles heel.
The D-Link water sensor is,maybe,one of the best flood sensors on the market. If you are thinking of buying such a device, this should be the first option in your list, especially if you do not yet use a Smart-Home hub.
The design behind the leak detectors is really very cool: essentially, most sensors have two or three metal probes that, when they come into contact with water, detect greater conductivity and set an alarm. It’s an elegant solution to the old flood problem.
But D-Link adopts an even more creative approach. Instead of using probes, the D-Link’s Wi-Fi water sensor uses a cable with long wires and interwoven embedded in it. You can run the cable along the edge of the basement, say, and if the water touches everywhere, twisted wires detect greater conductivity and set an alarm.
The greatest force of D-Link is also a weakness, however. It doesn’t need batteries, but if the power goes off at the same time as a flood, it can’t do anything. Of course, battery-dependent devices will not be able to communicate with their hubs if power is off, but it can sound at least an audible alarm. It is not so with D-link.
Here are the D-Link water sensor specs:
Audible alarms and alerts for mobile devices
Includes a cable to extend the detection field
No battery needed
Works with IFTTT
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
•One alarm sound built-in to device
•Alarm will sound and LED will blink red when water is detected
•Receive mobile push notifications when leak is detected
mydlink® Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tables
Requires iOS 7 and above or Android 4.0 or above
•Wi-Fi Siren (DCH-S220)
•Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110)
•Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215)
•Wi-Fi HD Camera (DCS-935L)
•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
•Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
•Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
•Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
•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)
Indoor or Outdoor Use
•Indoor use only
•2.56 x 2.56 x 2.07 inches
•Input: 125V AC, 50/60 Hz
•Operating: 32 to 104 °F
•Storage: -4 to 149 °F
•Operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
•Storage: 5% to 95% non-condensing
While the D-link does not have the same ability to measure the temperature and humidity of the most expensive units, it is compensated by integrating with IFTTT. This allows users to creatively connect the D-Link sensor to their smart LEDs, phone applications or even an intelligent switch with an alarm. This is a great approach to allow users interested in troubleshooting DIY the freedom to link the D-link into a much larger system than integrated gadgets.
If you are looking for a flood sensor connected this season, the D-Link device is one of the best on the market.