I am sure some do, but I have also seen too many concessions like this in the past by Yeelight users that mean that this issue does not end up getting investigated, and as a result we as consumers don’t get what we paid for.
It is super hard for us as users of an effectively black box product to prove a negative (ie it is not our equipment) or to explain to the devs where the issue is - they need to audit and strengthen their code and work out where they have gone wrong. Add some sort of watchdog routine to detect a lack of connectivity and automatically reset the device. Failing that, let me set a time for it to reset every night - I don’t care, but don’t make me turn it off and on at the power. Give me an automated solution. Add a reset command to the Yeelight spec so that i can script nightly resets of all of my bulbs, I would do that in a heartbeat rather than having to wait for them to stop working and fix them manually.
I have gone to the extent of setting up a Zabbix monitoring system to poll my bulbs until they fail to respond so I can reset them and to see exactly what makes them die. I tried to find a pattern from the results but there is just none to be found - this needs someone with knowledge of the code to find out where they have a hidden bug that causes a bulb or light strip to just entirely go offline. The fact that it affects my bulbs and strips but not my 3 Xiaomi Smart Home Hubs, or my 20+ Smart Wifi Sockets, or my 3 x Xiaomi phones, should again communicate the frustration of having all these Yeelight products that are all affected by the same issue unique only to my Yeelight devices. I do not have to manually reset ANY other device on my wifi network, period.
My whole intention with this setup was to remove all light switches and go entirely automated using sensors. I think you can see how that would be impossible given the current situation, I can’t be pulling the breaker to my light circuit every week because one light goes offline, and then there’s the 14 light strips I have that are plugged into appliance circuits.
What is super frustrating is that I can go to ebay, buy a 5m roll of SMD 5050 LEDs, hook them up to one of the Magic Home Pro based controllers that I use, hook it up to a power supply and it will run up to 20m of outdoor lights without an issue for months on end, yet these yeelight 2m LED strips cost the same amount of money and fall off the network every week or two requiring my intervention each time.
I don’t mean to be harsh to you, but clearly you’re a Yeelight enthusiast and by jumping straight in with the old “it’s your router” line, you ensure that I and the others with this issue won’t get a fix anytime soon, in fact soon enough this product line will fall out of active development within Xiaomi when they have their next area of interest and we’ll be stuck with this bug forever. If you really do think that Yeelights are an excellent product, you should be just as loud of an advocate as I am to get this frustrating, almost 2 year old issue fixed.
So if you don’t mind, I’d love for the Yeelight devs to see the trouble this is causing their users and to fix it, or I’ll just return them all and rig up my own LED strips as I described above and as I am successfully running myself. I cannot possibly recommend these devices to anyone else despite putting a lot of my own money into them, because I believe a glaring and critical bug has been ignored for too long, turning what should be a premium product into a cheap imitation version of a Hue or LiFX.
Give us a fix, Yeelight