[Pool] External device sync / PPS / USB

Michael R. Overholser mikeo at colorbroadband.com
Wed Mar 2 17:43:54 UTC 2011

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Michael R. Overholser
Color Broadband Inc.

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From: pool-bounces+mikeo=colorbroadband.com at lists.ntp.org
[mailto:pool-bounces+mikeo=colorbroadband.com at lists.ntp.org] On Behalf Of
David J Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 9:33 AM
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Subject: Re: [Pool] External device sync / PPS / USB

> As long as we're on this topic, is it important to distinguish serial
> ports that are connected via an internal (or external) USB bus? Does
> this increase jitter? What if there's other traffic on the USB bus?
> --
> Daniel

Using a Sitecom USB hub which includes a serial port, I made a comparison 
here, Daniel:


Yes, it does increase the jitter.  Whilst certainly not as good as a 
direct connection, it's considerably better than a LAN-only connection.

Certainly not "a waste of your time and money" if USB is your only choice, 
but check whether your motherboard has a serial port header and just needs 
the lead to an RS-232 male connector on the back of the PC.  Many 
motherboards do.

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