D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor review: Pray for a power source

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Where competing smart water sensors have zigged, D-Link has zagged with its DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor.

The biggest distinguishing feature of D-Link’s sensor ($60) is that it doesn’t use battery power. Instead, it plugs directly into a wall outlet and uses a sensor-laden cable to detect leaks. Unfortunately, this decision creates some new headaches that probably aren’t worth the trade-off for most people.

Setting up the sensor

The D-Link sensor is a circular device of considerable size. Plugging it into a bottom outlet blocks the top one, and plugging it into the top outlet leaves little room underneath with the sensor cable hanging down. Unless you use an extension cable, you’ll likely have to dedicate an entire outlet to the sensor.

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