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I have two switchable Fritz! Sockets in operation that switch Christmas fairy lights on and off according to time in two rooms. Two days ago I was amazed that one of them would come on in the middle of the night (2 a.m. or something), when I certainly hadn't programmed it for it. First thought: you've been hacked and someone is having fun with the Christmas lights! Second thought: I have to go to bed ... it was also in the middle of the night. So I forgot the whole thing until I heard another socket click to activate itself.
The date of the mail that I receive from the Fritzbox once a day already seemed suspicious to me. It bears the date 1 ... now it was already clear to me that someone here had "forgotten" their time, because 03.01.1970 is such a typical "default time" for Linux. Preferably 1970/01.01.1970/0 at midnight. It's kind of like the birth of Christ for the Linux guys.
Accordingly, there seemed to be a problem with the time in the Fritz! Box. But then I was a bit surprised, because the Fritz! Box uses a time server to constantly get the current time. That could only fail if the internet didn't work, which was not the case with me. So there is only one possibility: the time server has failed its service for a few days. For me (as probably for all other Fritz! Box users) the default time server is "0.europe.pool.ntp.org".
You can find this entry if you look in the Fritz! Box admin on "Home network" -> "Network settings" and then below under "Time synchronization". There you will find the corresponding URL under "Time server".
I then simply threw out the time server and exchanged it for this address from Apple: "time.euro.apple.com". Lo and behold: The time in the Fritz! Box overview is up to date and correct again.
Hopefully my fairy lights will now switch on and off accordingly. Praise to Apple! :-)
Today I received a reader tip that came in through the comments. If things with the time server do not improve, you can set the time zone manually. This works in this way:
I have to chat a little out of the box. The post here is already a few years old (and still works!), But usually it hardly has any views. Only a few days a year there are hundreds of visitors in one day - why I haven't understood yet. I almost assume that there will then be a longer failure of a time server that is stored by default in Fritz! Fon telephones or in the Fritz! Box. Perhaps you will have a look at what is registered with you as a time server and give me feedback using the comment function. Then I could see if it's always the same on a day. Thanks!
I just got a hint from an IT person because his customer also had the problem with the wrong date. All the things that have been described here so far have not brought any success. Ultimately, it turned out that his customer had not paid his bill at T for weeks and they had blocked his connection for this reason. Without a connection there is no internet and without internet there is no connection to any time server. ;-)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.