Wireless Ethernet Bridge -- No Current Time

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by digixmax, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    In looking further into why my Wireless Ethernet Bridge (WEB) router (running FreshTomato 2019.1) cannot get the current time on Status->Overview page I discovered that my WEB router does not have a default route in its routing table and the two files ntp.conf and resolv.dnsmasq (which resolv.conf is symbolically linked to) are missing in its /etc directory. This is in spite of the fact I have configured Default Gateway and Static DNS entries in basic->Network as well as NTP entries in Basic->Time.

    So, I configured in Advanced->Routing the default route:
    Code: 0 LAN
    and added the following lines in Admin->Scripts->Init
    echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolv.dnsmasq
    echo "server 0.us.pool.ntp.org" >> /etc/ntp.conf
    echo "server 1.us.pool.ntp.org" >> /etc/ntp.conf
    echo "server 2.us.pool.ntp.org" >> /etc/ntp.conf
    But I found that I still have to do a "Save" back in Basic->Time after each reboot in order to get the current time on Status->Overview.

    What command can I add at the end of my Init Scripts to trigger an NTP query?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2019
  2. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Serious Server Member

    Try something like:
    ntpc pool.ntp.org
    Other than that usually in Linux it would be something like this in rc.local:
    ( /etc/init.d/ntp stop
    until ping -nq -c3; do
       echo "Waiting for network..."
    ntpdate -s time.nist.gov
    /etc/init.d/ntp start )&
    Another way would be to set timezone by the timerserver IP manually, but I don't think this works in this case:
    sntp -s timeserverip or time.nist.gov
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  3. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the suggestions, but those commands you suggested don't seem to exist in Tomato, as I got error message "<cmd>: not found" when trying them using Tools->System Commands. I also tried "service ntpd restart" which yields a "Done." but still no Current Time.
  4. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Serious Server Member

    Really? I just tried my first command and I get:
    Trying pool.ntp.org []:
    Time: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:34:39 -0700, no change was needed. 
    I am running the last Shibby release though.
  5. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    I tried ntpc on two other routers (RT-N16), one running Shibby 132 AIO the other FreshTomato 2019.5 AIO: ntpc does indeed exist in the Shibby build but apparently not in the FreshTomato build!

    But on the router where ntpc does exist, the command timed out on me, unless I use a NTP server IP address instead of its DNS name.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  6. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    OK, I think I found the answer: based on the info from this old post https://www.linksysinfo.org/index.p...and-line-via-ssh-or-telnet.26491/#post-124238, I added two command lines "service ntpc stop" and "service ntpc start" to my original Init Script, and the Current Time would show up after each boot/reboot.

    My complete Init Script to get Current Time now contains:
    echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolv.dnsmasq
    service ntpc stop
    service ntpc start
    Be sure to add the default route in Advanced->Routing:
    Code: 0 LAN
    Note: it takes ~1-2 min after boot up for the Current Time to get displayed.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
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  7. Magister

    Magister LI Guru Member

    Starting with Freshtomato 2018.5 you do not need to modify the etc/resolv file. The bug was fixed.
    I clear NVRAM, setup as wireless ethernet bridge (minimalist setup: disable wan/dhcp, set IP to, default gateway to, radio as ethernet bridge with the credential of the main router).
    Time is working because the resolv.conf is not overwritten/deleted by something.
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  8. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    Thanks for taking interest and looking into this problem.

    I had also started with clear nvram and with the same minimalist configuration as you did (except I also had the WEB router set as "router" instead of "gateway" under Advanced->Routing, although as far as I can recall, using the "gateway" option didn't seem to make a difference in this case) but it did not work for me on 2018.5 or 2019.1-beta.

    What I found is /etc/resolv.conf is symbolically pointed to /etc/resolv.dnsmasq which itself is missing (see attached screencap image below), hence my script-line "echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolv.dnsmasq" as a workaround fix.

    This problem exists on all 3 router platforms running different build types that I have set up as WEB: WNR3500 (MiniIPv6), RT-N16 (AIO), R6300v2 (VPN).

    Which router model do you use as WEB without this problem?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
  9. Magister

    Magister LI Guru Member

    I have an E3000 used for bridge, I kept the setting as gateway, my /etc/resolv.conf also is a link, but it exists and contains:

    # dns for wan:

    oh I see, in the basic config, under the Default Gateway set to, I also set the Static DNS to
  10. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    I too have these two entries for Default Gateway and Static DNS in my setup.

    I also just again tried the "gateway" option -- it makes no difference.
  11. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    I should add that this problem of no "Current Time' for WEB first manifested on Shibby multi-Wan builds. So it looks like the bug fix you observed with 2018.5 didn't get picked up in every build across all combinations of router models and build versions.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
  12. synapse46

    synapse46 Serious Server Member

    I have an 868L setup as WEB and I set the NTP server to North America, found time was not getting set. Initially I did not have a DNS server set, I added the main router for DNS in the basic network settings and router as the WEB began showing the correct time. The WEB is using 2018.5 firmware.
  13. RBoy1

    RBoy1 Serious Server Member

    ignore....double post
  14. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    I flashed 2019.1-beta on my Asus RT-AC68P running as a WEB, there is no issue with current time display.

    So it seems that the "no current time" issue (due to the Default GW and DNS settings not taking effect) only affect some router models and not others.
  15. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Serious Server Member

    Did the latest FreshTomato build fix this issue for you yet?
  16. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    No, the issue is still in the latest 2019.1-02/27.
  17. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Serious Server Member

    @kille72 @pedro311 Are you guys aware of this issue also?
  18. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    FWIW, I am attaching the screencaps of the WEB router's Overview page LAN/WAN section when running Shibby pre-MultiWAN 132 and when running post-MutiWAN (in this case FT 2019.1).

    With 132, there is no WAN section and the statically configured Default GW and DNS entries for a WEB setup show up as expected in the LAN section. With post-MultiWAN, there is a WAN section with the only entry being the DNS entry statically configured for the WEB setup which ends up being no-ops.
  19. Magister

    Magister LI Guru Member

    It is fixed on my Cisco E3000 (MIPS)
  20. Ellsworth

    Ellsworth Networkin' Nut Member

    It works on a Linksys E2500, but for WEB (which is what I am using it for) you need to have a value in both Default Gateway and Static DNS for the time to start working. Now it would be nice if I could log into the router with SSH.

    On 2019.1 MIPSR2 K26 USB Max
  21. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    The "no current time" issue is still outstanding on my following devices when they are configured as WEB:

    Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 running K26_RT-MIPSR1-2019.1-MiniIPv6
    Netgear WNR3500v1 running K26_RT-MIPSR2-2019.1-MiniIPv6
    Asus RT-N16 running K26USB_RT-MIPSR2-2019.1-AIO

    Netgear R6300v2 running R6300v2-ARM-2019.1.015-beta-VPN

    My Asus RT-AC68P running RT-AC68U-ARM-2019.1.015-beta-AIO is unaffected.
  22. pedro311

    pedro311 Networkin' Nut Member

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