I bought one of the Iris door sensors that I plan on putting on the garage door. Also, I pout the motion sensor that came with the ST kit in the mailbox. I live in GA but it doesn’t get that cold. Will the battery life or sensor life on either of these suffer greatly?
I know there are other alternatives for a mailbox sensor but does anyone actually use the regular ST motion for this purpose with long term success?
I was surprised the ST motion sensor works in my metal mailbox. But it did when I tested it.
Is there any way to set up a text/notification for just that mailbox sensor separate from the others? I would want that alert daily no matter what the mode is on the others.
Not really. I use the Iris door sensors in both of my refrigerators (30’s F) and freezers (0’s to -20F), and while the battery lowered quickly, it leveled out and have been rock solid for many many months.
Yup. You can use CoRE, or you can do what I do and use a custom rule within SHM. Works perfectly with an open/close sensor, and looking at my rule, you can select a motion sensor instead.
That’s normal for these sensors because they report in ranges, not actual % levels. I’ve had several sensors move around from one range to another, and several that are going on over a year and are still at 77%. There are a few discussions in the Community about how these sensors report battery levels. If you d a search you’ll get some good info.