Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers are used to keep computers across the world synchronised. Servers are usually based on the most accurate reading from either GPS satellites, atomic clocks or other servers further up the list. With the number of computers checking the clocks, however, servers can be busy and finding a local NTP server is difficult if you don't know where to look.
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Go to "http://tf.nist.gov/tf-cgi/servers.cgi" and check the list for any local time servers.
Visit the website of the nearest university if you can't find a local time server using Step 1. Most universities have a time server, though the addresses tend to vary. Search for their Computing Information Services or call the Computer Help Desk.
Some are available only to students and faculty or from campus connections.
Set up your own local time server if Steps 1 and 2 aren't available. You can either have your computer query a non-local NTP server or purchase a standalone or rack-mounted time server like those found on Galleon.
Tips and warnings
- While not usually local, time.nist.gov and time-a.nist.gov are good servers to use. Windows computers can also access time.windows.com.
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