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Saturday, February 17th, 2024 7:23 PM

Mailbox alert

Do you have a sensor for my mailbox to let me know when the mail arrives?

Official Solution

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4 months ago

Hi Kelsey,

Our current range of sensors and components (some cameras excluded) are primarily designed for indoor use. So unfortunately we don't have anything yet that would work best for your mailbox.

But how far is that mailbox from your home? Maybe a Video Doorbell or an Outdoor Camera can at least keep an eye on when anyone comes near - and you can keep an eye out for package delivery and other visitors as well!

Captain

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5.9K Messages

4 months ago

@kelsey_christopher Officially no but you may be in luck. I tested this about 2 years ago with my mailbox and my neighbors. Both are about 6 feet apart where our driveways almost meet. First the bad news: the entry sensor on my metal mailbox did not work. Good news: on my neighbor's plastic mailbox, it worked like a champ. From base to the mailbox is approximately 50 feet.  One other poster at the time showed picutres of opening the entry sensor and soldering a longer antennae to maximize range, drilling through the mailbox etc but I am not interested in that. I am retired and a devout follower of "ME": Mininmal Effort".  I am an expert, just ask my wife! :-)

Thanks. I’ve got the metal version though. 

Captain

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@kelsey_christopher​ I would wait for other customers to post here as they may have a solution for your metal mailbox.  I wanted and had a hack for a garage door sensor and others, more talented than me, came up with even better ways to do it!  At this time two entry sensors are on my garage doors and work perfectly in home mode and okay in away mode. SS, will not miss the opportunity to again ask for this to be officially done!

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4 months ago

I have a metal mailbox and while the sensor can't connect to the base station if it's IN the mailbox (or on the far side of it so the mailbox is between it and the base station) it can if it's ON the mailbox or behind it.

It would require some effort, sure, but you could drill a hole in the back of the mailbox and mount a motion sensor so it's outside the mailbox but can see inside the mailbox. Cover it all up with a thin plastic box or half dome and it should work. (I'd want to set that sensor to secret alert so there was no chance it would set off the alarm.)

I'm in no way suggesting this is an elegant solution but I think it could work. That said please remember that neither the motion or entry sensor are designed for use outside and the may not work or mail be damaged by extreme heat, extreme cold and/or humidity. Proceed at your own risk obviously. :)

Captain

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30 days ago

@kelsey_christopher The UNofficial answer is now a big "YES"!!  Under another thread you will find another SS customer that has set up shop on Esty and did a great job monfiying a SS entry sensor. I have it on my mailbox now and works like a champ! If you can't find that thread head over to Etsy and do a search there.

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