Timestamps on ConnectPort X2

Since you can’t set the time on the ConnectPort X2, the following is a quick helper class I wrote (based on a Python Cookbook script). On instancing the class, it connects to a network time protocol (NTP) server for the current UTC time. Comments welcome, this is a quick hack …


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import sys
from socket import socket, AF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM, error
from time import time, sleep, ctime
import struct

DEFAULT_NTP_SERVER = ‘pool.ntp.org

class TimeStamper(object):
“”“UTC time stamps for Digi Connect Port with external network connection”“”

TIME1970 = 2208988800L  # Thanks to F.Lundh

def __init__(self, ntpserver=DEFAULT_NTP_SERVER):

    # retrieve current UTC time from specified NTP server
    client = socket(AF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM)
    client.sendto('\x1b' + 47*'\0', (ntpserver, 123))

    data, address = client.recvfrom(1024)
    if data:
        self.utcboot = struct.unpack( '!12I', data )[10] - TimeStamper.TIME1970
        raise error, "Couldn't retrieve time from specified server"

    # what is this, uptime?
    self.digiboot = time()

def __repr__(self):
    """String representation of current UTC time"""
    return '%s' % ctime(self.time())

def time(self):
    """Current time in UTC"""

    elapsed = time() - self.digiboot
    return self.utcboot + elapsed

if name == “main”:

ts = TimeStamper()
print '%s' % ctime(ts.time())

sleep(5.5) # sleep seems to be integer amounts on digi device ...
print '%s' % ctime(ts.time())