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Configuring time information using ION Setup

You can set the time and date and configure the time synchronization settings using ION Setup.
NOTE: The clock screen is where you set the start day of the week for the time of use feature.
NOTE: You must manually adjust the date and time information if the device is installed in a different time zone location from the computer running ION Setup.
  1. Start ION Setup.
  2. Open the Setup Assistant for your device.
  3. Navigate to Clock and select the Timezone tab.
  4. Select any parameter and click TimeSync to synchronize your device’s date and time with the computer that is running ION Setup.
  5. Click the DST Settings tab to modify your meter’s daylight savings time start and end dates, if required.
  6. Select the parameter that you want to configure and click Edit. Enter the password if prompted.
    Parameter Value Description
    TimeZone Sets the timezone based on the timezones available from the computer’s operating system.
    NOTE: This is also where you can synchronize your meter’s DST settings with the computer’s.
    Time Sync Type UTC or LOCAL Specifies the time format of the time sync message.

    UTC (Coordinated Universal time) is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

    LOCAL is the local time with DST and time zone information applied.

    • For SNTP/NTP and PTP time synchronization, set the Time Sync Type to UTC.

    Time Sync Source COM1, COM4, ETHERNET, ETHERNET - ION, ETHERNET - DNP, ETHERNET - PTP, IRIG-B Sets which device port accepts time synchronization messages.

    Time synchronization messages on other ports are ignored.

    • For GPS time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to COM1 (or COM4).

    • For SNTP/NTP time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to ETHERNET.

    • For ION time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to ETHERNET-ION.

    • For DNP time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to ETHERNET-DNP.

    • For PTP time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to ETHERNET-PTP.

    • For IRIG-B time synchronization, set the Time Sync Source to IRIG-B.

    Clock Source Internal, Line Freq, COMM Sets the source for the clock:

    • Internal: the meter’s internal clock.

    • Line Freq: the measured line frequency of the power system is the clock source.

    • COMM: the meter’s communication port (used by the IRIG-B, GPS or ETHERNET-PTP time sync source).

    DST Offset Numeric Bounded Format/Elapsed Interval Format Specifies the amount of time the displayed local time is moved forward when entering Daylight Savings. A value of zero disables this feature and local time is not adjusted for DST.
    Start of the Week Monday - Sunday Specifies the start day of the week used for Trending and Forecasting.
    NOTE: Changing the start day of the week clears all trending and forecasting data.
  7. If using SNTP/NTP time synchronization, you must also enter the following information under Communications > Advanced Ethernet > NTP:
    Parameter Value Description
    Enable NTP Time Sync NTP, SNTP, No NTP: specifies NTP time synchronization.

    SNTP: specifies SNTP time synchronization.

    NOTE: SNTP is recommended for revenue-related applications.

    No: neither NTP nor SNTP time synchronization are used.

    NTP Time Sync Interval Numeric value or elapsed interval value Specifies how often the meter synchronizes over SNTP.
    NOTE: This parameter is not used for NTP.
    Event Logging Threshold (NTP and PTP only) 0.000001 to 1.000000 Specifies the minimum time difference (in seconds) for a time synchronization to be logged as an event.

    This parameter can be configured to help prevent the meter’s event log from being flooded with time synchronization events.

    NTP Server Server IP address or domain name Specifies the IP address (or fully qualified domain name if DNS is active) of the SNTP or NTP server.
  8. If using serial GPS time synchronization, you must also enter the following information under Communications > Serial settings:
    Parameter Description
    Protocol Select the GPS setting that matches your GPS receiver.
    Baud rate The recommended baud rate for GPS time synchronization is 9600 bps.
    Serial port The recommended stop bits/parity for GPS time synchronization is 8N1.
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