Long-range Mailbox Sensor/Camera/Alarm

With increasing mail/pkg theft, it would be nice to have a long range (300 ft+) motion sensor/camera with antenna /transmitter to alert us, whenever the mailbox is opened. In app notifications and/or an alarm to go with it. Ring has introduced one. There are some mailbox chimes available on Amazon, but their battery life and signal strength seem unreliable. Since Wyze already has these devices, it would be nice to just extend their WiFi range with some antenna or transmitter etc.

What I am going to tell you will void any warranty, and risks damage to the camera.

You CAN add an external antenna to either a V2 or V3 camera. This allows at the very least, getting the antenna outside the metal box (the mailbox) which substantially improves the range. If you were to put a yagi antenna pointed towards your access point, it may be quite possible to get that distance if it’s a clear path.

Search on YouTube or your favorite search engine to find instructions.

The Ring devices are using a completely different radio technology to get the long range - not something that can be done in an inexpensive device.

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Thanks K6CCC. I will check it out.

Looking for a long range motion sensor? This one out performs the Ring by multiple lengths of distance. Look at Yosmart.com The product line is called Yolink. Uses a protocol called LORA which stands for Long Range. 1,000 to 1/4 mile distances. I have one in my mailbox 126 feet from my garage door. Works great. Could not believe it. Now, I am working on finding plastic project boxes to mount the sensors inside and seal with plasti-dip for outdoor use. Like Wyze, not waterproof. That’s okay. Battery is expected to last 18 mon to 2 years. Their sensor seem to be a little larger than Wyze. But great products. Have some now. Good prices on Amazon and bundled prices get you more bang for the buck. For instance Hub is #22 and 1 motion sensor is #22. For $44 you can test the mailbox requirement without buying a large starter kit.

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Thanks for pointing me to YoLink, I briefly saw it on Amazon a few days back, seemed too good to be true. Now I am more confident to try it out, their app based Garage-door controller looks good as well.

You are very welcome. There’s a guy on etsy.com goes by handle ideaxtruder. He 3d prints all types of covers, boxes, mounts and methods for using Wyze products. Very clever. Its his hobby. I’ve bought about $100 worth of stuff and don’t use most of it. Duplicates of many just to support him. Right now, I have sent him the dimensions of the Yolink contact sensor and asked him to make/print me a couple of boxes that I can use for the sensor - outside. He does amazing things. He’s working on updates for Wyze Sense V2 now. He does other stuff too. Lots.

Yes, you are correct about the garage door sensor. I have it. I didn’t need the opener part, so did not buy it yet. Just the part that mounts on the door. Works great. Reports every time door is opened. Its not a contact sensor. Its go a tilt switch in it. What do they call those? So, when it turns from vertically mounted to horizon, it triggers. A little higher than the contact sensor, but fun just the same.

As I said, I love the small size of Wyze stuff. But now that Sense V2 is larger, what’s the point in being confined to them when Yolink has many more features.

Was playing around with activating a Yolink contact sensor last night. Like Wyze, works with regular magnets, don’t need the bulky worm like magnet sensor to make it work. I buy these long narrow 3/8" wide 3 inch long magnets on Amazon and Gorilla tape them to facings to give me mounting and more surface without the extra width/depth of the Wyze or Yolink magnet side of the sensor. Also they don’t get knocked off when mounted at knee levels like gates.

Also, I find the Yolink response time to open/close faster to the app/phone. I’m not a reviewer so I don’t post my comments on youtube or anything.

Sam :slight_smile:

i do not know if wyze has a mail box alert monitor but i think it would be a good product

They do not. You can accomplish the same with a Ring mailbox sensor or a Yosmart/Yolink motion sensor. (Yosmart’s product range is 1,000 feet - 1/4 mile.) The Yolink motion sensor that I have in my mailbox 140 feet distance from my door works GREAT !!

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Some have used hacks with the OG wyze sensors, but they aren’t rain proof and reception isn’t the best. The new wyze sensors require the security system and pretty much same issues. It would be nice to have something that is intended for mailboxes since porch piracy is a major issue now. It’s such a problem that now if u insure a package with UPS it they will cover if it’s stolen.