[ntp:questions] Strange timestamps in ntp packets

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Thu Nov 13 22:19:51 UTC 2008

Unruh wrote:

> But it is garbage and is not used by anthing. What I meant was that the
> client will upon receipt of the packet stick in the time at which that
> packet was received from the server into that location. Those four
> timestamps are then used to determine the best approx to the true time
> offset of the client.

That would be a silly thing to do, as you would be wasting bandwidth on 
the wire by transmitting something that you then overwrote, unread. 
Reference time is, I believe, used in working out root dispersion.

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