How to Download From Usenet | Simple and Easy Guide on How to Use Usenet

I’m not sure who the first guy to upload a file to the internet was.  But not long after he did it I bet there was a line of people waiting to download it.  And the world hasn’t been the same since.

Today, there are even tools available for you to download right from your Internet browser.

One of the oldest methods of downloading from the Internet (older than the World Wide Web itself) is Usenet.

More than 30 years old, Usenet is a decentralized network of servers that store text messages and files.

No matter what you are looking for, chances are good you can find it on Usenet.

The modern Usenet has many advantages over other popular downloading methods:

  • Uncapped Speeds – Download as fast as your Internet connection will allow
  • Huge Selection – With more than 800 Terabytes available and growing every day
  • Security – 256-Bit encrypted connections & no server logs keep your downloads to yourself

Getting setup to download from Usenet is a 3 step process.

Step 1 – Usenet Server Access

The first step is to gain access to a Usenet server.  In the past, Usenet access was typically provided by your local university or Internet service provider.  However, as the cost of maintaining those servers went up, most of these groups stopped providing access.

Premium Usenet providers have stepped in to fill the void.  Premium Usenet providers grant you access to their Usenet servers for a small fee.

Premium providers have consequently been able to add more storage to the network.  Whereas messages and files used to be deleted from the servers after a certain period of time, modern Usenet servers are now storing all posts indefinitely.

With a number of Usenet providers available, review sites such as Comparere and NewsgroupReviews provide the pros and cons of each provider.

Step 2 – Newsreader (Usenet Client)

Once you have access to a Usenet server, you need a special piece of software to access the posts and files on that server.  This piece of software is usually referred to as a Newsreader or Usenet client.

There are a number of open source Newsreaders available such as Grabit & SABnzbd.

While the open source options provide the minimum necessary to download, some of the advanced Newsreaders provide extra options such as the ability to preview an audio, video or image file before you download it.

Step 3 – Usenet Search Engine

Finally, with the massive amount of data available on Usenet, it is impossible to find what you are looking for by just browsing through the archives.

You need access to a robust Usenet search engine which has indexed the available content.

Sites like NZBMatrix provide you the ability to search Usenet and download an NZB file.  The NZB file gives directions to your newsreader on where to find the associated files on Usenet.

All-In-One Usenet Providers

Recently, providers such as Binverse have been combining everything you need to download from Usenet into one package.  By providing Usenet server access and Usenet client with built-in search you no longer need to acquire each piece separately.

The speed and security of downloading from Usenet make it well worth checking out.

What do you think?  Have you downloaded from Usenet? Would you be interested in downloading from Usenet?  Let me know in the comments below.


About the Author

Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. NK Kabra says:

    I have downloaded in past and will be interested in downloading from Binverse.

    Thanks for interesting article.

  2. PRK says:

    XSUsenet now providing free lifetime(1Mbit) accounts

  3. Itender says:

    Cool…….download option……But it consist trial periods!

  4. briareoushex says:

    Good guide for using usenet.
    Thanks for article.

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