[ntp:questions] Advice for a (LAN-interconnected) WLAN Testbed w/ ARM nodes

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.invalid
Tue Aug 3 20:14:34 UTC 2010

Miroslav Lichvar wrote:

> The most important thing is to set minpoll and maxpoll for the server
> specified in ntp.conf. Generally, lower is better unless the network
> load to the NTP server is a concern. With ntp-4.2.4 the allowed
> minimum is 4, with 4.2.6 and it's 3.

This is not the official policy, which is that the defaults are about right.

Setting low values will result in excess jitter, because you will tend 
to track the effects of varying network load, rather than smoothing them 

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