[ntp:questions] Using NTP to calibrate sound app

Rob nomail at example.com
Mon Jan 28 17:18:27 UTC 2013

no-one at no-place.org <no-one at no-place.org> wrote:
> On 28 Jan 2013 09:57:00 GMT, Rob <nomail at example.com> wrote:
>>There will be the extra complication that a UMTS connection goes into
>>a "sleep mode" when there is little or no traffic.  To "wake it up"
>>you need to send about 4 packets/second for some time.  This is a
>>very typical pattern on a UMTS connection:
>>ping -i1
>>PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=127 time=461 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=127 time=377 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=127 time=390 ms
> ........
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=9 ttl=127 time=246 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=10 ttl=127 time=144 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=11 ttl=127 time=50.8 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=12 ttl=127 time=52.2 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=13 ttl=127 time=102 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=14 ttl=127 time=50.4 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=15 ttl=127 time=51.4 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=16 ttl=127 time=52.4 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=17 ttl=127 time=47.6 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=18 ttl=127 time=50.1 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=19 ttl=127 time=51.4 ms
>>64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=20 ttl=127 time=47.4 ms
>>As you can see, totally unsuitable for accurate time calibration.
> Would I likely get better results if I advised my users to connect to
> broadband wi-fi if possible and I use that instead of 3G data?

WiFi has the same problem on a slightly smaller scale.
With WiFi the pingtime jitters by 50 ms or so.

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