[ntp:questions] NTP Time Server for LAN: Broadcasting or Not?

Steve Kostecke kostecke at ntp.org
Mon Oct 4 11:17:25 UTC 2004

On 2004-10-04, Brad Knowles <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org> wrote:
> At 3:16 AM -0500 2004-10-04, W. D. wrote:
>> .BCST. 16 u - 64 0 0.000 0.000 4000.00

>This appears to be a local Stratum 1 time server that you have set up
>on a nearby network (it uses RFC 1918 private networking space), but
>which appears to be non-functional.

That line of ntpq output will be visible see on your broadcast server;
it shows the broadcast address for the sub-net you're broadcasting to.
The stratum displays as 16 because that ntpd can't sync to its self. You
would see a similar line on any ntpd which is configured to use its self
as a server.

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.isc.org>

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