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    Ext User(Metspitzer) Guest

    Build a Mailbox Alarm that Sends You a Text Whenever You Get Mail

    If you've ever checked the mail repeatedly only to find it empty, or
    your mailbox is a good hoof from your house, this project is for you.
    It's a simple photo-sensitive alarm that will fire off an SMS message
    to your phone when the mailbox is opened and the sensor is triggered.
    Related

    The video above shows you how it works, and while it definitely
    requires some specific electronics to make it work, it's nothing you
    can't do easily with a little effort. Here's how Instructables user
    nikoala3 describes it:

    http://lifehacker.com/build-a-mailbo...-yo-1394293178

    How well would your router work for detecting the mailman? I was
    thinking something like having a sensor on the delivery vehicle so
    when the mailman gets within range of your house, it would detect it.

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    Ext User(VanguardLH) Guest

    Re: Build a Mailbox Alarm that Sends You a Text Whenever You Get Mail

    Metspitzer wrote:

    > If you've ever checked the mail repeatedly only to find it empty, or
    > your mailbox is a good hoof from your house, this project is for you.
    > It's a simple photo-sensitive alarm that will fire off an SMS message
    > to your phone when the mailbox is opened and the sensor is triggered.
    > Related
    >
    > The video above shows you how it works, and while it definitely
    > requires some specific electronics to make it work, it's nothing you
    > can't do easily with a little effort. Here's how Instructables user
    > nikoala3 describes it:
    >
    > http://lifehacker.com/build-a-mailbo...-yo-1394293178
    >
    > How well would your router work for detecting the mailman? I was
    > thinking something like having a sensor on the delivery vehicle so
    > when the mailman gets within range of your house, it would detect it.


    Unless you are in a rural area where the mailbox is so far away that you
    won't be able to see it or it's hidden by woods, why bother tying you
    computer to a simple detector in the mailbox? Seems you could just
    build a latch circuit with a battery and a flashing lamp. A magnetic
    switch would detect when the mailbox door was opened. A latch circuit
    would fire to connect the strobing/flashing lamp to the battery. Just
    go to a window to peer outside to see if the light is on. When you
    retrieve your postal mail, just press a reset button that unsets the
    latch (which could be a semiconductor or mechanical relay type).

    If you don't want to buy the parts and build it yourself, you can buy
    mailbox alarms, even wireless ones to ring a chime inside your house.
    Adding a computer into the mix smacks of building a Rube Goldberg setup.
    If your computer isn't powered up, is idling in a low-power mode, or you
    have a power outage then it isn't going to help you. Plus you would
    need to leave your computer logged into your account along with your
    e-mail client always left running so it could popup an alert to tell you
    when you got the new e-mail alert. You would need to have speakers and
    they would need to be unmuted since a screensaver would prevent you from
    seeing the popup alert plus you would have to be within view of your
    monitor to see the visual alert. A lot of dependencies for just a door
    sensor.

    If you don't want to go the wireless route or even bother with any
    electronics, hell, there are flip-up flags that popup when the door is
    opened. When the mail person opens the door to put in your mail, a
    spring-loaded flag pops up. Again, just look out the window to see if
    the flag is up or not. Some don't even use a spring but instead a bit
    of curved plastic. You bend it down to keep it down by the door closing
    over it. When the mailbox door is opened, it flips up.

    Of course, with the e-mail approach, you could be notified when you have
    new postal mail in your mailbox using a mobile device; however, unless
    you are home then there's no point in telling you that there is
    something in your mailbox when you're not home to go visit your mailbox.

    Besides, it'll do you good to get your big squashed butt out of the
    computer chair or lazybox watching TV to go walk over to your mailbox
    even several times. You should be getting out of the chair every hour
    or two so a trip to the mailbox will do the trick. Typically I don't
    bother checking for postal mail until getting home from work or during
    the evening which is long after the work hours for any postal carrier.
    This e-mail alert setup is a solution in search of a problem.

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    Ext User(Rich Greenberg) Guest

    Re: Build a Mailbox Alarm that Sends You a Text Whenever You Get Mail

    In article <l21s9i$gbd$1@news.albasani.net>, VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH> wrote:
    >Metspitzer wrote:
    >
    >> If you've ever checked the mail repeatedly only to find it empty, or
    >> your mailbox is a good hoof from your house, this project is for you.
    >> It's a simple photo-sensitive alarm that will fire off an SMS message
    >> to your phone when the mailbox is opened and the sensor is triggered.


    >Unless you are in a rural area where the mailbox is so far away that you
    >won't be able to see it or it's hidden by woods, why bother tying you
    >computer to a simple detector in the mailbox? Seems you could just


    Even simpler, I ran a buried pair up my driveway to the mailbox, a
    magnetic switch that closed a contact when the box was opened, and a
    buzzer in the house that sounded when the contact was closed.

    I powered it with the 24 volts from the sprinkler controller with a
    series resistor such that with the resistor loss plus the line loss,
    there was about 6 volts left for the buzzer.

    The previous soulutions all seem unnecessaraly complex. Sure I am only
    notified when I am home, but if I have been out and return around or
    after the postpersons usual time, I will check it anyway.

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    Ext User(Loren Pechtel) Guest

    Re: Build a Mailbox Alarm that Sends You a Text Whenever You Get Mail

    On Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:52:51 -0500, VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH> wrote:

    >or two so a trip to the mailbox will do the trick. Typically I don't
    >bother checking for postal mail until getting home from work or during
    >the evening which is long after the work hours for any postal carrier.
    >This e-mail alert setup is a solution in search of a problem.


    Agreed. Unless I'm awaiting a package I need I simply check the
    mailbox late in the day.

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    Ext User(Flasherly) Guest

    Re: Build a Mailbox Alarm that Sends You a Text Whenever You Get Mail

    On Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:28:18 -0400, Metspitzer <Kilowatt@charter.net>
    wrote:

    >If you've ever checked the mail repeatedly only to find it empty, or
    >your mailbox is a good hoof from your house, this project is for you.
    >It's a simple photo-sensitive alarm that will fire off an SMS message
    >to your phone when the mailbox is opened and the sensor is triggered.
    >Related
    >
    >The video above shows you how it works, and while it definitely
    >requires some specific electronics to make it work, it's nothing you
    >can't do easily with a little effort. Here's how Instructables user
    >nikoala3 describes it:
    >
    >http://lifehacker.com/build-a-mailbo...-yo-1394293178
    >
    >How well would your router work for detecting the mailman? I was
    >thinking something like having a sensor on the delivery vehicle so
    >when the mailman gets within range of your house, it would detect it.


    I've thought of building a video surveillance, couple lenses front or
    maybe one back (PVC privacy fenced in, anyway). The control monitors
    are pretty nifty, storage options (SS be cool) and playback timing
    retinues, action sequence triggers (what you're specifically
    after)...lots of things (used to work indirectly as an operative with
    them, also). Coax or aerial transmission, a dedicated monitor or
    integrated multimedia system, color or b&w, degree of
    nightvision...they one of those give'away sales items that I catch
    periodically surfacing for a song&dance, anyway. Cable traffic is
    killing it for me, though. It would have to be a pretty damn little
    tight package before I'd consider pulling for routing up another
    "box."

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    As you were
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    As a friend
    As a friend
    As an old enemy
    Take your time
    Hurry up
    The Choice is yours
    Dont' be late
    Take a rest
    As a friend
    As an old memoria
    Memoria
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    Dowsed in mud
    Soaked in bleach
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    That I don't have a gun
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