A newsgroup server provides access to content on the Usenet. Usenet newsgroup content can be anything from text messages and discussions to binary files, such as videos and music. Newsgroup servers store all the content the newsgroups on the Usenet. The Usenet is home to over 110,000 different newsgroups with all kinds of user generated content. Newsgroup servers are connected directly to internet backbones allowing you high speed access to easily and quickly download files and text from the Usenet. Because there are so many newsgroups there is vast amount of exciting content to browse and download. All that content takes a ton of computer storage, so many newsgroup servers are required to provide access to all the content the Usenet has to offer. The amount of content on the newsgroups is on the order of 1,000s of terabytes of computer data and files. Because there is so much data to store, newsgroup servers are connected together to pool resources to form “newsgroup server clusters.” When newsgroup server clusters are housed together they form what is commonly known as a server farm. Most premium Usenet newsgroup services today will have more than one server farm to handle large amounts of users online at the same time and to offer access and connectivity to different parts of the world such as the United States and Europe.

Choosing a Usenet Newsgroup Server

The Usenet has been around since the 1970′s so there many different newsgroup server providers to choose from today. Before we can talk about how you should go about picking your new newsgroup server provider, there are a few thing we need to understand about Usenet newsgroup servers and the features they offer. Some terms we need to understand to understand newsgroup server features are speed, connections, retention and SSL encrypted access. Usenet newsgroup server speed refers to how fast the newsgroups servers can send a file or download a file to your computer – The fastest Usenet newsgroup servers are tier-1 providers meaning that all the servers are connected directly to an internet backbone(s) allowing for the highest download speeds. Our next feature to understand is newsgroup server connections. Newsgroup server connections refer to how many times a newsgroup server will allow your computer to connect at the same time. Today’s Usenet newsgroup servers typically offer somewhere between 20 and 50 simultaneous connections. Sometimes you have to set your newsreader on your computer to use a higher number of connections to take advantage of the full download speed of your internet connection. Truthfully though, you only need between and 10 connects to reach full download speed with a good newsgroup server provider The next and arguably most important feature to consider when picking a Usenet newsgroup server provider is the server’s retention time. Newsgroup server retention is the amount of time that the servers store new posts or files before they expire or are deleted. The higher the newsgroup server’s retention level is, the longer the data on the server will be available for download to your computer. As early as two years ago, most top performing Usenet newsgroup server providers offered downloads as far back as a year. Today’s premium Usenet newsgroup server store and provide access to Usenet posts and files between 800-900+ days old. This means that if we post a home video file in a newsgroup on our newsgroup server and our newsgroup server provider has a retention of 900 days, our home video file will stay online for 900 days.The last newsgroup server feature to consider when picking a Usenet provider is SSL encrypted access. SSL encrypted access allows you to securely connect to a Usenet newsgroup server to provide you with complete and total privacy while downloading. Using SSL encrypted connections keeps all your downloads private and secure from everyone.

Connecting to a Usenet Newsgroup Server

The first step in getting connected to the Usenet is to choose a newsgroup sever provider and signup for a Usenet account. After you get your new Usenet account information, usually via email, you will be provided a server address along with a user name and password to put into your newsreader. You need to choose a newsreader to install on your computer from our newsreader section and then set it up with your Usenet account information. After you configure the server address and user name and password in your newsreader, then you will be able to connect to the Usenet newsgroups and start downloading.