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Configure a Cisco Router as an NTP Server

Posted June 19, 2006 by Quinn McHenry in Cisco router

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An NTP server can provide synchronized dates and times for devices in a network. Since a router cannot be a Stratum 1 device (cannot connect to a Stratum 0 device such as a GPS clock), a router is not an accurate source of time information. If this is not important to you, then using a router as an NTP server may be acceptable.

To configure the router to work as an NTP server, use the following command in configuration mode (following a conf t):

ntp master 8

The “8” specifies the stratum of this NTP server which is essentially the number of hops away from a Stratum 0 device. The default value is “8.”


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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