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Synchronize and Set Clock on Speedway Revolution Reader

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Synchronize and Set Clock on Speedway Revolution Reader

 
The Speedway Revolution reader has an internal clock to provide date and time stamp data. Like any clock, it has some drift and needs to be occasionally synchronized.

Automatic Synchronization Using Network Time Protocol (NTP)
If your reader is connected to the Internet via a router and is configured for the default of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), rather than a static IP address, then the router will typically have a NTP server configured which will automatically synchronize the reader's date and time. You should confirm this using the router's manual or configuration tool.

Manually Configure NTP
If the router or switch that the Revolution is connected to does not provide NTP access, you can manually point the reader to an NTP server by executing “config network ntp add [ntp server name or address]” in RShell. To do this, first use a telnet client (i.e. Putty, HyperTerminal, etc.) to connect to the Revolution and login using username: root, password: impinj

Then input "show network config ntp" as shown below:



The default response is 'status =0,Success' which means that NTP is enabled but is not configured for a static NTP server location. The next thing to do is select an NTP server from this list and enter it as shown below (note that using pool.ntp.org will automatically pick a time server that is geographically close to you).




Manually Configure Date and Time
You can also manually set the time by executing the RShell command “config system time”.
A sample command that sets the system time is shown below: (Time is set to April, 27 1:11:00 p.m. 2010)
> config system time 042713112010
Note: In order to use this command to set the system time, you must remove any statically configured NTP server(s) and set the DHCP server configuration to NOT offer the NTP server option to the reader. Failure to do so will result in a “Permission-Denied” error.

Configuring Time and Date Stamp in Microsoft BizTalk
The Impinj Device Provider (IDP) for Microsoft BizTalk can be configured to use the timestamp on the reader or the timestamp coming from the host server. You can configure this by right clicking on the device and selecting properties. On the “Custom” pane under “General” there is a parameter called “Event Timestamp” which controls which one is used (not shown in image below, it is located just beneath "Clear Diagnostic Counters")


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