I am using Raspberry Pi 4 as a gateway to my esp8266 devices. I have connected ethernet to Raspberry Pi for internet connection. It works fine. I want to generate NTP time in my ESP8266 device.

When I connect the devices to direct Wi-Fi they are getting right time. But when I connect them to Raspberry Pi gateway they are getting date 01.01.1970 .

How to get current date from Raspberry Pi gateway?

  • Is the RasPi connected to the internet? Does esp8266 have wired and WiFi interfaces?
    – Ingo
    Sep 8, 2020 at 17:52

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Recent Raspberry Pi OS includes systemd-timesyncd as the NTP client. Unfortunately for you, systemd-timesyncd does not implement the server functionality, so it cannot provide network time to clients downstream.

You'll have to set up a full-featured NTP server such as ntp, openntpd or chrony (you may disable systemd-timesyncd, but you don't have to: it is polite enough not to interfere). Or, if you have any of these set up already, you need to configure them to act as a server.

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    I think your answer is correct, which is to say I interpret the question as you do. However, I do suggest one correction: There is no need to disable systemd-timesyncd - it politely "steps aside" if another NTP server is running. See this old-ish answer, or review systemctl cat systemd-timesyncd
    – Seamus
    Sep 9, 2020 at 21:47

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