[ntp:questions] Broadcast mode

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at burnicki.net
Mon Sep 12 10:47:05 UTC 2016

Harlan Stenn wrote:
> Martin Burnicki writes:
>> on the server:
>> server
>> fudge stratum 0
> Martin, why do you recommend stratum 0 instead of leaving the default,
> stratum 5?

Because it basically doesn't matter in an isolated network where a
free-running clock is used as the main time source if you set the local
clock stratum to 0, 1, or 5, except that some non-ntpd clients may look
at the stratum and may not accept the server if the stratum is too high.

*If* there is a different time source available to the server then I
agree stratum 5 would be a better choice for the local clock.

>> This is not accepted by some NTP implementations, and I'm not sure if
>> ntpd as client would even accept a stratum 5 server, broadcast or not.
> The default stratum for a local refclock should be just fine.

Oops, In the above paragraph I meant a stratum 15 server, if the local
clock stratum was fudged to 14, as suggested by the OP.


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