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Timestamps on ConnectPort X2

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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 ...

# copyright 2008 EDM Studio Inc.
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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())
asked Jun 2, 2008 in 3rd Party Python and API development in other Languages by futnuh New to the Community (14 points)

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