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Gearbest has the Xiaomi Aqara Smart Water Sensor for $9.99 via their daily email newsletter. Free shipping takes about a month to arrive.
This is a Zigbee sensor and works with Samsung Smartthings using a custom device handler.
As with most Aqara sensors, pairing experiences varies and you may have to be patient before it connects.

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Pairing instructions and custom handler for SmartThings can be found here: https://community.smartthings.com...r/97584/23
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"As with most Aqara sensors, pairing experiences varies and you may have to be patient before it connects"

Well said.
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save some money, they are hard to pair
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save some money, they are hard to pair
They may be harder (or less intuitive) than the average sensor but they do pair and mine have worked fine. With 3 for the price of 1 ST branded, I can live with a little pairing hassle.

That said - experience may vary as seen by the arguments each time this is posted.
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These really aren't hard to pair if you know how to use the IDE. Get MaverickASC's device handler and install it through IDE device handlers tab (https://github.com/MaverickASC/Ma...ter/Aquara). Then open your hub under the hub tab, click list events down near the bottom. At this point put your app on the phone into discovery/pairing/add a device mode. Click and hold the sensor until the blue light flashes, let go, it should double flash a couple times. Refresh the events list and look for a CATCHALL event, you may have to do it a few times. Once you see one, find the first 4 digit alphanumeric that isn't 1's and 0's and cut those 4 digits. Add a device manually in the IDE using those four digits as the device network ID and the device handler from above. Once you do that you go into discovery mode again in the app and the sensor should show up.

I found that after I got it to work once if I did the pairing part of the procedure a couple times it would discover the new ones by itself without having to get a catchall event and manually entering the ID. Do one at a time and wait a while for it to start showing check in events, after a few hours it will check in a battery status as well. I have 5 of these working fine. My only gripe is one came with a nearly dead battery.

That said, if you aren't familiar with the IDE and custom device handlers, I'd skip these.
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Oh boy, not only did I not save any money, but had to fork over even more to buy RELIABLE water sensors. Well after some 3 months the xiaomi's settled down and stopped eating 2 batteries per month. I would never trust these to turn off my water in the event of a flood. They are not officially supported and the device handler code was kind of cobbled together. If you want to risk it, go ahead, you'll save maybe 100 bucks, but look like a real bozo when your HA setup fails to shutoff the water in the case of a flood.
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Oh boy, not only did I not save any money, but had to fork over even more to buy RELIABLE water sensors. Well after some 3 months the xiaomi's settled down and stopped eating 2 batteries per month. I would never trust these to turn off my water in the event of a flood. They are not officially supported and the device handler code was kind of cobbled together. If you want to risk it, go ahead, you'll save maybe 100 bucks, but look like a real bozo when your HA setup fails to shutoff the water in the case of a flood.
FYI, these do not turn off the water lol.
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FYI, these do not turn off the water lol.
He's implying having them tied to a [smart] main water valve.
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FYI, these do not turn off the water lol.
They do if you have a shutoff and use the "LEAK" feature of smartthings. That said I haven't had any problems with these once they were "settled" in.
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Interesting. Looks like these are actually waterproof. The official smartthings ones are not. One bad flood with them and they are goners.
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Interesting. Looks like these are actually waterproof. The official smartthings ones are not. One bad flood with them and they are goners.
Oh, I think the design is perfect. It's the software part of them that struggles a bit.
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Interesting. Looks like these are actually waterproof. The official smartthings ones are not. One bad flood with them and they are goners.
I'd consider them like most new cell phones, they can survive a brief immersion but I doubt they'd last long under water unless you modified them. They use a straight cut thread on the battery lid and no gasket, which means eventually water could find it's way in, but it wouldn't be immediate.
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Apart from all the issues on this device, receiving item from Gearbest is a pain, ordered few in Nov, never received it, need to contact paypal for a refund, you never know how long this will take to receive the item on your hand.
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Save your money....Only thing it is good for is an eyeball on a large stuffed animal.

They need to get the software/connections issues fixed first.
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FYI, these do not turn off the water lol.
What I meant was if you have the dome shutoff, which I do, then they can automated the shut-off, that is if they haven't fallen off line or gone dead, assuming they even report battery life properly!
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