Statum 1 Time Server

Network Time Synchronization - Why You Need An NTP Server

A network time server is not something many business owners think of, and timekeeping is usually not a priority for network administrators. However, proper network time synchronization is an essential part of monitoring a network and resolving issues within it.

Numerous organizations have network devices that use an internal clock or make use of a Public Internet Time Server. The problem is that both of these timekeeping methods are less than optimal solutions. Most companies would be best served by implementing a Stratum 1 NTP  server to ensure that devices on the network are properly synchronized, maintain accurate time behind a firewall, and comply with timekeeping regulations.

Are You Ready for the Next GPS WNRO (Week Number Rollover)?

Click here to read the Department of Homeland Security’s memorandum about the upcoming Global Positioning System Week Number Rollover Event.

Do your networks or systems use Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC? April 6, 2019, is probably a date worth marking in advance. Unlike a regular calendar event or holiday, this day will mark a special rollover of the GPS week number, or WN, that helps receivers tell time more precisely.  

The only question is whether your devices will react to the rollover event properly. Here's what you should know. 

Network Synchronization: Public NTP Servers vs. GPS NTP Servers


Measuring time is about more than merely knowing when events occur. It's a vital prerequisite for synchronizing your operations, securing your data and serving your clientele. It pays to be precise, accurate and on-time, and your ability to do so depends on how good your time server is.

Unfortunately, you're unsure which kind of time server is best. You've narrowed it down to two choices: internet-based NTP and GPS-referenced Stratum 1 NTP. The distinctions aren't so clear, but these facts might make it easier to pick wisely.

Network Timekeeping: NTP vs. SNTP

In the world of modern computing, accurate timing is everything. As networks grow increasingly complicated, they demand reliable standards that ensure everything is running on the same unified schedule.NTP, or Network Time Protocol, is a standard method for synchronizing different computer clocks. Here's how it compares to SNTP, or Simple Network Time Protocol.

FINRA Clock Synchronization Regulations - Are You in Compliance?

In April 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposed rule change from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to tighten rules for clock synchronization at National Market System securities and over-the-counter equity securities firms. It's important for these companies to understand the changes and to have the right Network Time Protocol servers to maintain compliance. Firms have until Feb. 20, 2017 to comply.

Accurate Time Stamping for Video Surveillance

Through the use of a Stratum 1 NTP server, it is possible to produce surveillance videos with timestamps legally-traceable to UTC. This solution is far more cost-effective and accurate than others, and has quickly become the preferred option for video surveillance applications.

A GPS NTP server synchronizes to precise time from GPS satellites and operates securely behind a firewall to synchronize all elements of a system, down to the millisecond. Indeed, such servers typically have a margin of error of just plus or minus two milliseconds, which is more than accurate enough for successfully defending time-stamped evidence in a court of law.