NIST Internet Time Servers
|Return to NIST Internet Time Service Page
The table below lists the time servers used by the NIST Internet Time Service (ITS). The table lists each server's name, IP address, and location, organized geographically within the US from North to South and then from East to West. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that the names of the servers are correct, we control the names of only the nist.gov servers. If you have difficulty using the name of a system, you can access a server using the IP address directly.28 February, 2013 Important changes:
The global address time.nist.gov is resolved to all of the server addresses below in a round-robin sequence to equalize the load across all of the servers.
Whether you connect to a server using the name or the IP address, it is a bad practice to “hard-code” a particular server name or address into a device so that these parameters cannot be changed by the end user if that becomes necessary at some future time.
All users should ensure that their software NEVER queries a server more frequently than once every 4 seconds. Systems that exceed this rate will be refused service. In extreme cases, systems that exceed this limit may be considered as attempting a denial-of-service attack.
|nist1-pa.ustiming.org||22.214.171.124||Hatfield, PA||All services available|
|time-a.nist.gov||126.96.36.199||NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland||All services busy, not recommended|
|time-b.nist.gov||188.8.131.52||NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland||All services busy, not recommended|
|time-c.nist.gov||184.108.40.206||NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland||All services available|
|time-d.nist.gov||2610:20:6F15:15::27||NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland||All services via IPV6|
|nist1-macon.macon.ga.us||220.127.116.11||Macon, Georgia||All services available|
|wolfnisttime.com||18.104.22.168||Birmingham, Alabama||All services available|
|nist.time.nosc.us||22.214.171.124||Carrollton, Texas||All services available|
|nist.netservicesgroup.com||126.96.36.199||Southfield, Michigan||All services available|
|nisttime.carsoncity.k12.mi.us||188.8.131.52||Carson City, Michigan||All services available|
|nist1-lnk.binary.net||184.108.40.206||Lincoln, Nebraska||All services available|
|wwv.nist.gov||220.127.116.11||WWV, Fort Collins, Colorado||All services available|
|time-a.timefreq.bldrdoc.gov||18.104.22.168||NIST, Boulder, Colorado||ntp ok; time, daytime busy|
|time-b.timefreq.bldrdoc.gov||22.214.171.124||NIST, Boulder, Colorado||All services busy|
|time-c.timefreq.bldrdoc.gov||126.96.36.199||NIST, Boulder, Colorado||ntp ok; time, daytime busy|
|time.nist.gov||global address for all servers||Multiple locations||All services available|
|utcnist.colorado.edu||188.8.131.52||University of Colorado, Boulder||All services available|
|utcnist2.colorado.edu||184.108.40.206||University of Colorado, Boulder||All services available|
|ntp-nist.ldsbc.edu||220.127.116.11||LDSBC, Salt Lake City, Utah||All services available|
|nist1-lv.ustiming.org||18.104.22.168||Las Vegas, Nevada||All services available|
|time-nw.nist.gov||22.214.171.124||Microsoft, Redmond, Washington||All services very busy|
|nist-time-server.eoni.com||126.96.36.199||La Grande, Oregon||All services available|
The following servers support only authenticated NTP requests using the symmetric key encryption method that is defined in the NTP documentation.
They do not respond to requests for time in the DAYTIME or TIME formats and will not accept anonymous ftp connections.
You must apply to NIST for an encryption key to use these systems; they will not respond to NTP requests from users who have not registered with NIST.
See the authenticated NTP description for more information.
|ntp-a.boulder.nist.gov||188.8.131.52||NIST, Boulder, Colorado|
|ntp-b.nist.gov||184.108.40.206||NIST WWV, Fort Collins, Colorado|
Because requests for NIST Internet Time Service continue to rapidly grow, we are always interested in the possibility of expanding the number of servers and broadening their geographic distribution. All organizations interested in possibly hosting a NIST Internet Time Service server are invited to contact Judah Levine for more information, including a description of the equipment that the organization must have available and a discussion of the other technical qualifications necessary to host a server: email@example.com . NIST does not charge the hosting organization for this service.