I had a V2 camera that worked perfectly for more than one year in the same location. Then it unexpectedly displayed Offline status and all the recommended troubleshooting tips failed to get it back online. I figured I may as well download and reinstall the firmware, per the instructions at
While flashing the camera, the Status Light turned blue as expected, but after waiting the prescribed 3-4 minutes, the Status Light was off. I figured the flash process failed and the camera was dead. Then it occurred to me to check the Network Analyzer app on my Android phone and identified the MAC address of the camera was indeed connected to WiFi. I proceeded to Add Device and reinstalled the camera. The camera retained some of it’s former settings and thus settings were not entirely re-set to the defaults.
Thus my theory that you’re potentially shooting yourself in the foot if you disable the Status Light and end up having to manually flash the camera. The lack of status light at some point may mislead you into thinking the camera is dead.