The kit arrived quickly and was easy to put together. Once assembled it was a simple job to configure it with its intuitive web interface and it has been rock steady ever since. I have used it with a number of different PV clocks including their SN model and they have all picked up the correct time almost immediately. Highy recommended!
Arrived in Canada within a week. The kit was trivially easy to put together and worked first time, so I never really had to contact anyone. The clear case is pretty slick. I love the fact that it will automatically adjust for daylight savings time. I really like the PV Electronics clock kits, but their NTP sync board would often lose sync. This device has a pretty spiffy user interface, and has been rock solid, both with my LAN NTP server and with pool.ntp.org.
Easy to assemble with great instructions. Works with my Akafugu VFD clock with a special cable and with my GRA-AFCH Nixie (https://gra-afch.com/catalog/shield-nixie-clock-for-arduino/nixie-tubes-clock-arduino-shield-ncs314-for-xussr-in-14-nixie-tubes/) using the supplied cable.
The nwts works like a charm. I have it connected to a PV Electronics QTC clock. The nwts was shipped quickly after I ordered. It took a little over three weeks to arrive here on the west coast of Canada.
It took about one hour to assemble the kit and it worked the first time. The manual has very detailed assembly instructions, although putting the kit together is pretty straight forward.
What impressed me the most is the detail that went into the software. I had no trouble getting the ntws set up on my WiFi network and it was completely functional after that. But the webpage it serves has an extensive set of options if you want to customize the operation. Everything from what time server it checks to any Daylight Saving Time rules your location might have.
The acrylic case is pretty slick, too. Everything fits together very precisely. I picked the clear one so I can see what's inside.
The little ESP8266 WiFi module the nwts is based on is pretty amazing. I have a few of them and was thinking of making something similar to nwts. But it would take way too long to match the quality of the software. Just spend the $39 and buy one! Even with shipping and the exchange rate, it's still a deal.
I have a lot of clocks. It's a hobby. The NWTS unit allows me to move my clocks away from the windows and GPS and now allow me to put them anywhere a WIFI signal is available. They work well and have some features that allow you to sync clocks from different designers.
Here is the real bonus with these little gems: They have the ability to take care of time changes for those of you that live in areas that recognize Daylight Saving Time. Each NWTS has a built-in menu to select the offset (can be any number of hours, minutes) and your days of needing to change from Standard time zones to Daylight Saving Time are over! Additionally, the NWTS will allow you to tweak the time by a few seconds if you are trying to match clocks that always seem to be different by a few seconds due to how they process the time signal.
The NWTS is the universal time base that makes all of your clocks show the right time, all of the time. I highly recommend them! Also, make sure that you get a case. I like the clear cases and they protect the circuits while looking nice.
My large Nixie clock used to get its timing from a GPS module, but at my new address I could not get a decent signal. I tried this WI-FI module, and all is good! The instructions for the assembly are very clear. I had a few problems setting it up - but that's just me. However, I got a lot of help from Manuel, and soon had it running OK. There is a short video of it on Vimeo here - https://vimeo.com/202431627. If I could give 6 stars for communication, I would.
I've wanted to use a GPS tube clock at my desk at work for a long time but have been unable to do so with no GPS sky view. This little widget allows my tube clock to function at my desk without GPS access. Very nice idea, very nice new capability, works great! Highly recommended.
Delivery was fast from Zurich to California... Order placed *and shipped* on the 7th, kit received on the 17th. Initial assembly took me 30 to 40 minutes only because I'm slow and super clean with my builds... the kit is easy to assemble, I'm just not a fast builder. The manual supplied on-line is well written and easy to follow. Nice attention to component installation order, builder attention drawn to places where you might get careless, etc. Lots of pictures as well.
We found one minor firmware issue with the nwts feeding my Jeff Thomas GPSII. The bug was quickly found and fixed and the fix will be in the next nwts code release. I like having development/programming tools for the programmable widgets in my life and ordered an "ESP Flasher Rev4" by AprilBrother - also here on tindie. This or a similar programmer will be needed to install firmware upgrades.
You might also consider ordering a plastic nwts case from Manuel here on tindie. Quick to assemble and a nice way to protect the otherwise exposed circuit assembly.
Manuel - Many thanks for a very nice piece of work and superb customer service. Thanks also to John M. for valuable support identifying the bug and Jürgen (Mr. Nixie) for nwts co-design!
The nwts is an amazing idea! It eliminates all the problems that come with either DCF Receivers or all the different GPS Reciecers. The nwts is a perfect solution for sync a nixie (or any else) clock with time.
- Easy and quick assembly - Very easy configuration - Even worked in my managed, custom-ip network, where a lot of other devices failed to work - Small size - Fair Price compared to a bulky GPS-Mouse
This even works out-of-the-box with the TinyGPS++ library for arduino.
I defenitly recommend this product and will use it in the future again!