You've Got Mail: How To Be Automatically Notified When a Package Has Arrived

You've Got Mail: How To Be Automatically Notified When a Package Has Arrived

Jason Yang
Sep 18, 2013

Waiting for the delivery of an important package? Tired of constantly checking the mailbox or peeking out the window only to be disappointed over and over again? There's no need to stress out, as there's a variety of ways to set up a mail notification system to alert you directly when the mail has arrived so you can get on with the rest of your day...

Mailbox Reminder Notification Alert
This remote and receiver system sends instant audible alert with a flashing indicator when mail the mail has arrived. The notification system works from distances up to 250 feet away - perfect for those with long driveways to eliminate wasted trips to the mailbox to check if the mail has arrived.

Mail Chime
Almost identical in every feature to the alert system above, the Mail Chime beeps four times and then continuously flashes an LED to notify homeowners when the mail has arrived. Easy to install with no wiring, the transmitter operates off of a standard 12 volt battery (included). This system advertises up to a 450 foot distance under ideal conditions (metal mailboxes and other items can reduce the range).

Mail Time Mail Alert
A low tech solution, Mail Time Mail Alert is a mechanical $9.95 notification system. Instead of relying on batteries, transmitters, and receivers, this simple system pops up a spring loaded bright yellow flag whenever the mailbox is opened. The 4"x6" flag makes for a quick and easy visual check out the window to see if mail has arrived.

There are plenty of DIY options as well for those seeking to make their own mailbox notification contraption. Check out these fun ones others have made.

A simple solution to a simple problem.

Here's a MailboxNotifier based on Moteino. The Arduino sketches are available via GitHub.

More Arduino DIY using a PHP server and the Prowl iPhone app to send notifications to a phone when the mail has arrived.

And another Arduino mail notifier, this time from our friends at Instructables.


(Images: as linked above)

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