[ntp:questions] Embedded solutions

Jaap Winius jwinius at umrk.nl
Sat Jul 5 23:37:05 UTC 2014

Hi folks,

Has anyone here managed to turn a relatively cheap, ARM-based embedded 
system with a serial port into a decent stratum 1 NTP server?

Thus far I've always attached my GPS and radio time signal receivers to 
much larger x86 hardware platforms, but those machines have other things 
to do and make the NTP server less stable than it can be. However, if I 
were to use dedicated hardware for the NTP server, I'd rather it power-
efficient and as cheap as possible.

I've looked at the BeagleBone Black (with an RS232 Cape) and the 
Wandboard (both ARM platforms), but have not had any success with them. 
There are stories stories of people who have done it with Soekris 
hardware (x86), but that's much more expensive.



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