Sutro measures three parameters:
The pH is measured with phenol red (the same thing you would have in your liquid test kit), and it's acceptable range is between 6.8 - 8.2 (+/- .1 pH).
The Sutro will give recommendations when the pH is less than 7.2 or greater than 7.8 which is the acceptance range. Every recommendation will aim to get the pH to 7.5 as a target value.
The free chlorine is measured by DPD, and it's acceptable range is between 0 - 5ppm (+/- .2ppm).
If the free chlorine is measured below 2.0 ppm the Sutro will recommend raising the chlorine in the water. Also, when bromine is used, if the bromine falls below 4.0 ppm the Sutro will give a recommendation to raise it.
The alkalinity is measured through a titration method. This method is proprietary to Sutro, because we titrate such small amounts of it, but the acceptable range is between 40 - 250 mg/CaCO3 (or ppm) (+/- 20ppm).
The Sutro will recommend to increase the alkalinity if it falls below 60 ppm. The target value for recommendations is 100 ppm. The ideal range for alkalinity is approximately 80-120 ppm, the goal for alkalinity is to keep pH in check while maintaining a close to neutral calcium saturation index.