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janko023 wrote: The battery that came with it died in less than a month but once I replaced it its been going on 4 months now and its sitting at 70%. It does go into power saving mode however so that must be helping with it.
Agreed, I have these sensors as well, and the no-name batteries packaged with them died within a month.

Otherwise, great piece of mind wherever there is a water source.
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janko023 wrote: Same FW as you. Maybe try to remove it from home and relink it
Hey that worked! I see the option for Voice notifications now. Never would have thought of it. Thanks a lot!
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janko023 wrote: In the google home app select the sensor and there will be a toggle to allow voice alerts.
I tried it last night and wasn't working. Think I figured out why, 3 of my 6 sensors are only 'linked' me but I never finished assigning them to a 'home'. The one I tested was un-assigned. I'll try out later tonight. I'm thinking of just assigning them all to a room called 'Leak Sensors', otherwise many rooms are filled with non-interactable smart items... probably why they were left un-assigned.

What kind of response time do you get? I linked D-Link with IFTTT with my Wiz lights to turn red, but took a good 10 seconds to respond.
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anyone know if there is a plug-in water sensor or something better?
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Been meaning to replace my water sensors (alarm - no wif) with something like this. Not sure I want to pay $30.

Anyone try the Tuya Wifi water leak sensor....sub $10 each.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000990 ... mainSearch

Mod to adapter - no batteries

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gr8dlr wrote: Been meaning to replace my water sensors (alarm - no wif) with something like this. Not sure I want to pay $30.

Anyone try the Tuya Wifi water leak sensor....sub $10 each.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000990 ... mainSearch

Mod to adapter - no batteries

Don't like the pronged probe design, very orientation dependent. Wire seems thick to so may want to twist and bias the probe - Would need something to hold the prongs to the floor. The d-link 'pill' has metal strips all around and will lay flat on ground regardless which side its on. The link cable is thin is easy to maneuver and get a good spot. . Also consider if and where you have power available.
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RaphaelK2005 wrote: Don't like the pronged probe design, very orientation dependent. Wire seems thick to so may want to twist and bias the probe - Would need something to hold the prongs to the floor. The d-link 'pill' has metal strips all around and will lay flat on ground regardless which side its on. The link cable is thin is easy to maneuver and get a good spot. . Also consider if and where you have power available.
I'd find a way so probes are still workable. For $8 it's more accessible to put one in all places where you want to monitor.

Double sided tape to wall
double sided tape to anything that has weight and then you can place it.
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These are pretty good and as said pairable to Google or Apple HomeKit if you run HOOBS. Or can be setup in Home Assistant for good smart home tech. If you can get them for $30 each, they are worth it. Batteries last a long time and powered units run the risk of power outages during crucial times.
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how much instore? I have two pack and its been working so far. I like how no monthly subscription.
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RaphaelK2005 wrote: I tried it last night and wasn't working. Think I figured out why, 3 of my 6 sensors are only 'linked' me but I never finished assigning them to a 'home'. The one I tested was un-assigned. I'll try out later tonight. I'm thinking of just assigning them all to a room called 'Leak Sensors', otherwise many rooms are filled with non-interactable smart items... probably why they were left un-assigned.

What kind of response time do you get? I linked D-Link with IFTTT with my Wiz lights to turn red, but took a good 10 seconds to respond.
I would link it to a room so you have things organized but as long as you name it something descriptive then you should be fine either way. Response time is around the same, it will need to wake up when it senses it and then to send out the notification.
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Here is an interesting use case:
I set up Samsung SmartThings water sensors at my parents' place to turn off the well water pump (using a TPLink smart outlet) if water is detected by any of the sensors.
If you have municipal water, you could possibly install an electric valve to shut your water off in the event the sensors go off.

Cheers
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any idea on an item number? how do i see if my costco has it?
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Mailliw wrote: Here is an interesting use case:
I set up Samsung SmartThings water sensors at my parents' place to turn off the well water pump (using a TPLink smart outlet) if water is detected by any of the sensors.
If you have municipal water, you could possibly install an electric valve to shut your water off in the event the sensors go off.

Cheers
What happened to all the SmartThings sensors? They were much cheaper than what is out there now, and as they were tied to SmartThings the integration possibilities were limitless. It seems many of the sensors have pulled back to only having functionality with their proprietary branded software, and integration took a step back... I have a similar system to what you set up but mine closes the ball valve at the water meter. Anyone remember stringify? That was the golden age, I guess...
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ryar wrote: What happened to all the SmartThings sensors? They were much cheaper than what is out there now, and as they were tied to SmartThings the integration possibilities were limitless. It seems many of the sensors have pulled back to only having functionality with their proprietary branded software, and integration took a step back... I have a similar system to what you set up but mine closes the ball valve at the water meter. Anyone remember stringify? That was the golden age, I guess...
https://www.amazon.ca/THIRDREALITY-Noti ... 08R9PS2KG/
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anyone seen these in calgary? ive been waiting for them to go on sale
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jasonchewy wrote: I like my honeywell one, it has temperature as well, a bit more useful, but it is $75 regularly, been waiting to for a sale hopefully.
I find the Honeywell ones to be garbage the app keeps telling my I crossed my geofence and the alerts only go to email where as I want it be alerted right away via the app on my phone if it detects water.
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eldude wrote: I find the Honeywell ones to be garbage the app keeps telling my I crossed my geofence and the alerts only go to email where as I want it be alerted right away via the app on my phone if it detects water.
I've never encountered this problem. So you're saying if you walk outside your home with your phone, the alerts will only come via email??
I'm using this one, in case we're talking about different things:
https://www.amazon.ca/Honeywell-RCHW361 ... B01HBZQYYC
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I bought the walmart merkury brand water sensor couple of years ago for $4 clearance I believe. https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/merkury-in ... 0199728279 , works great. Have to change battery once a year though.

its has local speaker for alert, which is pretty loud and also get app notifications for any alerts (low bat, water detection erc). works for me.
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jasonchewy wrote: I've never encountered this problem. So you're saying if you walk outside your home with your phone, the alerts will only come via email??
I'm using this one, in case we're talking about different things:
https://www.amazon.ca/Honeywell-RCHW361 ... B01HBZQYYC
I'm using the same ones and don't have a problem either. After 1 year 88% battery left on each one. Pretty good!

Only problem is I can't get them to show up in Google Home.
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Mailliw wrote: Here is an interesting use case:
I set up Samsung SmartThings water sensors at my parents' place to turn off the well water pump (using a TPLink smart outlet) if water is detected by any of the sensors.
If you have municipal water, you could possibly install an electric valve to shut your water off in the event the sensors go off.

Cheers
Yup, that’s what I got.

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