I received my sensor today and was also surprised by the lack of instructions. I was hoping to determine the best way to mount it before I ruin a mailbox. I don’t know the purpose of a few pieces I received.
I was thinking of drilling through the back (or maybe the rear bottom) of the mailbox and installing the sensor and “antenna” on the rear wall. That way the sensor would be out of the way of the mail person. The rear of my mailbox faces my house so I’m thinking that the sensor/antenna would have a better chance of connecting to my bridge. I realize the batteries will need to be replaced on the sensor occasionally so I was thinking of mounting the sensor by gluing strong magnets to it.
Any reason this won’t work?
I thought about using magnets, too, but magnets can affect electricity (in other words, the signal). However, I don’t want to use the tape in the kit to install the sensor because I might have to rip it off to change the batteries. (I’m not sure there’s enough room there to remove the cover when the sensor is on the wall in a mailbox.) So instead of magnets, I’m thinking about using velcro, taping velcro to the back of the sensor and the inside of the mailbox. Then will make it easy to remove the sensor to get to the batteries.
I’m also worried whether the antenna will seat properly if I take the sensor off the back and put it back on after changing the batteries. Pulling the sensor part off disconnects the antenna, so putting the cover back on might not quite connect them. (I haven’t set mine up yet, in case it wasn’t obvious.)
Another thing that I’m considering is using that ball mount inside the mailbox. That will allow some adjustment after attaching it, but I’d have to attach the ball mount to the back of the sensor and the inside of the mailbox.
Finally, I have a couple of suggestions (besides the above) for future iterations of this.
- Include a small light on the device to light up the inside of the mailbox. This would be useful if you pick up your mail after dark so you could see whether you got everything. They treat it as a “light” in the app, so let’s actually give it a light. It would only have to stay on 15-30 seconds, so I hope that wouldn’t be a battery killer.
- Instead of AAA batteries, use the Ring quick release battery used in most of their cameras. If designed right, it would make changing the batteries much easier.
As others have said, maybe they just repurposed a motion sensor from their alarm system (I don’t have that, so I don’t know), but it could be made better.