Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:33 AM
I was setting up an old router and noticed the date/time was bogus. The year was set to 2002. I tried manually setting the time since auto wasn't working which also didn't work. So I updated the firmware hoping that might help. After upgrading I noticed that somehow I missed that the latest year I could manually set is 2011. The router was bought in probably 2004, so it's fairly old.
Is this an issue? It isn't having any problems, but I took a networking class and I remember the teacher saying something about the internet requiring hosts to have the correct time. I don't know how all that works together, cause I know that I've had computers with the wrong time surf the web. He said that you could have the wrong time and could do some things, but might be cut off by secure protocols or something like that. He mentioned it in passing, it was off subject at the time.
I'm kind of the mindset that you don't buy replacement for things that still work. Unless warranted of course. So is the wrong date an issue? Obviously it's confusing to see a ip lease expire in 2002, but there are ways around that like setting the date back 10 years exactly.