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Beginning Guide to Usenet Newsgroups

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Advantages of Usenet Newsgroups




Download Speed – speeds are only limited by your internet connection and Newsgroup provider

Upload – no sharing is required!  This keeps your connection from being clogged.

Search – searching Usenet is made easy with integrated newsreader search engines and NZB indexing sites.

Privacy – SSL encrypts your transfers and downloads are anonymous.


Quickstart




1. Select a newsreader – there are several good free newsreaders.

SABnzbd

Best choice for English speakers.  It is free, automatically repairs and unrar’s downloads, and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

Alt.Binz

Second best choice for English speakers.  It is free up to version 0.25.0, can automatically repair and unrar downloads, and works on Windows and Linux machines through WINE.

NiouzeFire

Best choice for French speakers.  It is free, automatically repairs and unrar’s downloads, supports IPv6, and works on every version of Windows since 2000.

NNTPGrab

Best choice for Dutch speakers.  It is free, automatically repairs and unrar’s downloads, has IPv6 support, and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

Newsbin

Best choice for Portuguese speakers.  It come with a free trial, can be purchased for a discount with a Giganews account, has 32 and 64 bit versions, has automatic par features, and a good search engine.

2. Select a Usenet Newsgroup provider.


Giganews Newsgroups


Giganews – best choice.  They have plans starting from 3 dollars a month, quick support, the most stability, and 600+ days of retention.

SabNZBd configuration


Power Usenet – good middle ground of value and quality.  They offer a free 5 day trial, discounted introductory pricing, 24/7 support, and their website is available in multiple languages.

SabNZBd configuration


Supernews – best value in Usenet.  They offer an unlimited plan for $11.99 a month!

3. Configure your newsreader. All Usenet Newsgroup providers will send an introductory email stating the available server addresses, ports, and your username/password.  It is also important to know how many connections your plan offers.

SabNZBd configuration

4. Find content. Newsgroups are an impressive wealth of user generated content.  Search has been simplified with improved newsreader search functions and NZB indexing sites.

Newsreader – NewsLeecher, News Rover, Newsbin, and GrabIt all have good integrated search features for a price.

NewZFinders – this is a free program that will search Usenet.  It is available in French and English.

NZB Indexer – NZBMatrix and NZBsRus are two of the best search sites.  They require registration and a small fee to unlock the full search.

NZBindex.nl, Newzbox, EliteNewz, and Binsearch.info can be used free of charge.  They require better searching strategies.

5. Download. If you used an NZB indexing site, you will need to import the NZB into your newsreader.  This usually only take a couple clicks.

SabNZBd configuration

SabNZBd configuration