Do you need to have your clock next to a window or with a bulky "no noise" power supply so DCF works correctly?
Wouldn't it be cool if we could sync over the Internet like our computers, smart-phones, consoles and other smart devices do it? Nowadays there's always a WiFi network nearby.
And what about Daylights Saving Time? Always forgetting about it - why can't we configure the clocks to change the time automatically when DST starts or ends?
Using the ESP8266 — an Internet-of-Things (IoT) Micro controller unit (MCU) — we've developed together with Mr Nixie, a device that emulates the GPS device that is usually used to synchronize Nixie clocks and sets instead the clock's time using Network Time Protocol (NTP).
The nwts device was originally developed to be pin compatible with PV Electronics', Mr Nixie's, Nixie Clock Home clocks and other GPS modules and it's a 1:1 replacement with clocks from these brands.
Support for TTL or pseudo-RS232 is included and it can be set using jumpers.
For other brands, technical knowledge (mostly in electronics) might be required to match the pins and voltages necessary to make the device work.
nwts will be delivered as a component kit. Soldering is necessary!
nwts, after power on for the first time, will start a "setup" WiFi network where you can connect to, using either your mobile phone or computer. You can then configure your nwts device to bind to your WiFi network.
Once the device is connected to your network, it will automatically start synchronizing with pool.ntp.org. You can further customize the device's settings in its own web page, by reaching it using service discovery (iOS, MacOS X or Windows PCs with iTunes) or with Windows discovery (SSDP).
On Mac and Windows computers with Bonjour enabled, it's as easy as writing http://nwts.local in your browser.
On Windows computers you see your device in the network neighbourhood and double-clicking it will open nwts's web page.
As simple as that! You can also have multiple devices in your network - just need to change the hostname of each.
nwts-ub3 adaptor board to connect to 5V nixie clocks with GPS sync, configuration reset button and sync LED
Note: the board is delivered as a kit and requires assembly and soldering!
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