Well I have been busy with projects using the Wyze Sensor Contact Sensors . I have modified the sensors by removing the reed switch and extending the circuit outside of the sensor .
I have one on my mailbox and on my newspaper box with a simple limit switch and extended reed switch . These two sensors will notify me when mail and the newspaper arrives .
Now I am working on a Dawn to Dusk sensor using a photo transistor . I am using it now to turn on and off outside lights using IFTTT and hopefully be able to use it with Alexa soon for other smart integration .
I needed a Dusk to Dawn Sensor because I was always changing the on and off time in Alexa or KASA based on season and daylight savings time.
Many choices on Amazon , Search for Normally Open Reed Switch .
Here are photos of my mailbox setup .
Sensor would not work when mounted inside the mailbox . Had to remote mount it at the rear of the mailbox toward the house for better signal strength .
58 ft from camera with bridge ( inside the house ) to the mailbox and I have 2 bars of signal strength and have never had issues .
What did you enclose the remote diode in - silicone?
How did you get the circuit board out of the plastic housing?
Also, did you remove the original diode or just solder new wire leads onto the existing one on the circuit board?
I certainly agree with your newspaper comment. I get a couple of papers once a week but they put them in plastic bags and throw them in my driveway, usually with the open end “uphill” so they get soaked if it rains. They never use my paper box.
Thanks again for your help!
I use the combination of the IFTT, Wyze, and WU (Weather Underground) Apps for obtaining sunrise and sunset for my house thus turning my Wyze motion sensor on and off. I only run the motion sensor at night with the Human part turned on. I then set up Additional IFTT and Smart Life App routines to turn on outside and inside lights, even colors, when human motion is detected.
Just saw your post. Yes you could modify a contact sensor by replacing the magnetic reed switch with the leads from a push button switch. The push button switch needs to be a “Push to Make and Push to Break” type.