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Configure Time Settings on an RV34x Series Router
The system clock on the RV34x Series Router provides a network-synchronized time-stamping service for software events such as message logs. Without synchronized time, accurate correlation of log files between devices is difficult to maintain. Configuring the time settings on your router is important because it can help troubleshoot network issues such as system log services that display each and every log entry with a time stamp.
The system time can be configured either manually or automatically. Manual configuration is helpful when your network is not connected to a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server. NTP is used to synchronize the client or server time with another server time or reference time source.
This article provides you with instructions on how to configure time settings on your RV34x Series Router.
Configure Time Settings
Step 1. Log in to the web-based utility of the router and choose System Configuration > Time.
Step 2. From the Time Zone drop-down menu, choose a time zone where your network is located.
Note: For this example, (GMT-6:00) America/Costa Rica is chosen.
Step 3. In the Set Date and Time area, click a radio button to determine how the system will obtain the clock and time settings for the system. The options are:
Auto — Automatically sets the date and time based on an internal Network Time Protocol (NTP). If this is chosen, proceed to Step 4.
Manual — Manually enter the date and time in the Enter Date and Time area. If this option is chosen, skip to Step 7.
Note: In this example, Auto is chosen.
Step 4. (Optional) If you chose Auto in Step 3, click a radio button for the NTP server. The options are:
Default — Obtains date and time through public NTP servers. If this is chosen, skip to Step 11.
User Defined — Enter the IP Address of the NTP server.
Note: In this example, User Defined is chosen.
Step 5. (Optional) In the NTP Server1 field, enter an NTP server address. A host name can consist of one or more labels, which are sets of up to 63 alphanumeric characters. If a host name includes multiple labels, each is separated by a period.
Note: For this example, 0.ciscosb.pool.ntp.org is used.
Step 6. (Optional) In the NTP Server 2 field, enter a second NTP server address to serve as a failover.
Note: In this example, 1.ciscosb.pool.ntp.org is used.
Step 7. (Optional) If you chose Manual in Step 2, click the calendar icon to open the calendar. Click the left or right arrow to select the month or through the month drop-down menu.
Note: In this example, February is used as the month.
Step 8. (Optional) Enter the year in the Year field next to the Month drop-down menu.
Step 9. (Optional) Click on the date today.
Step 10. (Optional) In the drop-down menus below the Date and Time field, set the Hour, Minute and Second. This is in military format.
Note: In this example, 10:40:22 is used.
Daylight Savings Time
Step 11. (Optional) Check the Daylight Saving Time check box if your country observes Daylight Savings Time (DST).
Step 12. (Optional) Choose a Daylight Saving Mode by clicking a radio button.
The options are:
By Date — Choose this mode to specify parameters for DST according to specific days and time of the year.
Recurring — Choose this mode to set DST to occur between two days of different months.