The communications between devices running NTP (known as associations) are usually statically configured; each device is given the IP addresses of all devices with which it should form associations. Accurate timekeeping is possible by exchanging NTP messages between each pair of devices with an association. However, in a LAN environment, NTP can be configured to use IP broadcast messages instead. This alternative reduces configuration complexity because each device can simply be configured to send or receive broadcast messages. However, the information flow is one-way only.

The switch can send or receive NTP broadcast packets on an interface-by-interface basis if there is an NTP broadcast server, such as a router, broadcasting time information on the network. The switch can send NTP broadcast packets to a peer so that the peer can synchronize to it. The switch can also receive NTP broadcast packets to synchronize its own clock. This section provides procedures for both sending and receiving NTP broadcast packets.

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to configure the switch to send NTP broadcast packets to peers so that they can synchronize their clock to the switch
To disable the interface from sending NTP broadcast packets, use the no ntp broadcast interface configuration command.
This example shows how to configure a port to send NTP Version 2 packets:
Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet1/0/1
Switch(config-if)# ntp broadcast version 2

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to configure the switch to receive NTP broadcast packets from connected peers

To disable an interface from receiving NTP broadcast packets, use the no ntp broadcast client interface configuration command. To change the estimated round-trip delay to the default, use the no ntp broadcastdelay global configuration command.

This example shows how to configure a port to receive NTP broadcast packets:

Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet1/0/1

Switch(config-if)# ntp broadcast client

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