[AusNOG] EVERYONE should have a Stratum 1 time server, right?

Nathan Brookfield Nathan.Brookfield at iperium.com.au
Mon Nov 14 16:26:35 AEDT 2022

Thanks Honest Rob, ordered!

This will go well in my Pi-Rack at home 😊

From: AusNOG <ausnog-bounces at ausnog.net> On Behalf Of Rob Thomas
Sent: Monday, 14 November 2022 7:38 AM
To: <ausnog at lists.ausnog.net> <ausnog at lists.ausnog.net>
Subject: [AusNOG] EVERYONE should have a Stratum 1 time server, right?

The good news is, you now can!  After about 6 months of wrangling bits and pieces together, "Honest" Rob's Used Car (and VoIP) Emporium has finally managed to get a bunch of custom made GPS Shields built and they are sitting right next to me here in Australia, suitable for lego-esque construction of your own NTP server!

These are being sold at pretty much cost - AUD$30 ex - as a pro-bono thing for those who want their very own Stratum 1 NTP server. All you need to do is supply your own Raspberry Pi or equivalent - you just need something with a clock speed over 1ghz and standard GPIO pins.

But wait, there's more! You don't NEED to buy this specific hardware - if you already have a GPS device with a PPS signal, you can just fork and hack on the repo that started this:

https://github.com/xrobau/rpi-ntp  (Note: that locks down SSH to key only, and *only* puts my key in there, don't just run it blindly without at least adding your ssh pubkey!)

This all started because we needed more IPv6 NTP servers in the Asia Pacific region, and it was annoyingly hard to find plug-and-play hardware. I'm really hoping that a bunch of you lot will buy a few, and put them up as public servers with IPv6 addresses on ntppool.org<http://ntppool.org>.


I also have them up on eBay, for $40 each, but that's for the public, not for the cool kids club that is AusNog.

Currently I can only ship to AU and NZ, but that's purely because I'm lazy and haven't figured out the costs. For those outside the North, South and West islands of New Zealand, feel free to reach out to me off list with your address and I'll figure something out.

--"Honest" Rob

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