One of the many great things about Usenet is its durability. File-sharing systems have come and gone so quickly and unpredictably in the past decade. So it’s nice to see one you can rely on.
So now we like to tell you exactly how you can make the most of it. Whether by using the right service provider sites, or pointing you towards the best routers, we’re going to guide you through proper Usenet usage.
What Is Usenet?
Usenet was initially designed as a sort of Internet bulletin board, which helps explain why there’s still a great deal of strictly text material. For the most part, though, it has been re-purposed as a one-stop shop for any sort of file you might be looking for.
There is one thing that warrants mentioning. Usenet is not structured in the same way as other file-sharing sites that you might be used to. First of all, if you want to get access, you’re going to want to subscribe to a provider. We’ll discuss this further down. Usenet is just not a peer-to-peer service, which you may be more familiar with.
Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll now have access to Usenet’s servers and you can post and see messages they distribute. Since Usenet can only have so much information on its servers, each message has a limited retention time, and they will expire. So, you know, act fast if it’s something that matters to you.
Now, downloading Usenet’s binary content is not so simple. To do so, you’re going to need a downloading assistant of sorts like SABnzbd, which automates the process of translating Usenet’s NZB file format. NZB files, much like torrents, are merely guides towards the files you are looking for. Applications like SABnzbd help simplify the process of downloading the files for yourself.
Sounds pretty complicated and intimidating, right? Well, we assure you, once you get going, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Choosing Service Provider Sites for Usenet
There are a number of things to consider when deciding on your Usenet provider. File retention, data transfer caps, the number of connections, and price are all important factors. We decided to focus on five that seemed to offer the best combination of services, though there are plenty of other providers out there with spectacular service that we chose not to highlight here. Anyway, happy hunting!
Best Service Providers for Usenet
Easynews – The thing that distinguishes Easynews from their competitors is right there in the title: it’s easy. As their site says, “every computer you get on already has a newsreader, a Usenet account, and an active Usenet server waiting for you to log onto. That is what Easynews is.” Previews of files that don’t take up your bandwidth, no need to repair or assemble files, and if you get the BigGig plan, you get 150 GB a month.
Astraweb – For sheer value, you can’t do much better than Astraweb. Astraweb offers an unlimited 10 Mbit/s for $10 a month as well as free SSL security coverage on all accounts. What’s more, Astraweb offers 20 simultaneous connections and 2922 days of retention, which is going up all the time.
Giganews – Widely considered to be the leading Usenet providers, Giganews has been serving a loyal and happy base of customers since 1994. And it’s easy to see why. Giganews offers terrific speeds from premium network connections. Better yet, Giganews secures those connections with the help of our friends at VyprVPN. Hard to beat that.
Newshosting – Among the many features that elevate Newshosting over other Usenet service providers is their peerless newsreader. It’s free for all users and makes searching Usenet simple. Otherwise, Newshosting’s appeal is based on great service; unlimited speed and data transfers, free 256-bit SSL encryption, and up to 2923 days of retention.
Thundernews – This is one of the premium Usenet providers. Thundernews offers 50 SSL encrypted connections with 256-bit secure encryption as well as 2923 days of binary retention. At the moment, they’re also offering “the Unlimited Max Usenet + VPN special and a low introductory cost of $7.99 and then a great low price of only $16.99 for both products.”
Best Routers for Usenet
If you want to get the most out of your Usenet service provider, you’re going to need a powerful networking device. Perhaps a router that can handle any amount of traffic you can throw at it. Maybe you even want to integrate a VPN service to protect your downloads?
As the video above attests, what we do here is take already powerful routers and flash them with open sourced firmware. Firmware like Tomato and DD-WRT make routers faster, more powerful, and more versatile. Whether you go for one of our sleeker, economy models, or a full-blown networking beast, you’ll be getting a device that will revolutionize your network.
With a FlashRouter, you can enjoy advanced security options, the ability to monitor your bandwidth or extend your wireless range, and even advanced Virtual Private Network options. If you’ve subscribed to any VPN on our supported provider list, you can order a FlashRouter that arrives ready to work with your VPN account right out of the box.
Here are some of the best Flashrouters for Usenet users:
- Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter – What’s left to say about this beast? 5300 Mbps speeds over three bands, a killer processor, and 8 powerful antennae speak for themselves
- Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter – The powerhouse Netgear router with a best-in-DDWRT 1 GHz processor, dual-band Wireless-AC1900 (wireless transmission speeds of up to 1900 Mbps combined), a USB 3.0 port, & external antennas.
- Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO DD-WRT FlashRouter – Want premium Wireless-AC performance at a mid-level price? The Linksys WRT3200ACM is more than happy to oblige.
Want more information about open source routers and file-sharing sites? Feel free to contact our team for any questions or concerns!