Speed is fundamental to a quality Usenet experience, so it’s an excellent starting point. As expected, we enjoy fast internet, which is why we got Google Fiber for testing purposes the first day it was available. Google Fiber is the fastest Internet available, so any speed failures in our testing experience would be no fault of our own.
With that established, we began speed testing with the Newshosting plan that allows 60 concurrent connections. Over a 5 day test period, our downloads were consistently in the 125 to 130 megabytes/second range, with an occasional spike. This included test downloads in the morning, afternoon, evening and late at night.
“Newshosting monitors our servers to the extent necessary to ensure that high standards of maintenance are met. Newshosting does not monitor or record your activities online. We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post.”
That’s about as transparent as you can get. In addition, Newshosting provides 256-bit SSL downloading, which is reasonably common among news service providers and is pretty much an industry standard for encryption. Where Newshosting stands out a bit is in offering a VPN service for additional privacy. For Lite and Unlimited plans, it will cost you less than $5 a month as an add-on. For the XL Powerpack plan, it’s free. The combination of a no-logging policy, strong SSL, and virtual private network connections makes a strong statement to the consumer. This makes Newshosting a great choice for those particularly concerned about privacy and security
The big picture in terms of retention is that storing data has become far less costly. In late 1999, around the time Newshosting started up, you could expect a cost of about $15 per gigabyte, with a 17GB hard drive running around $225. By 2014, you could expect to pay $0.03 per GB, with a 3TB hard drive running you about $100. That comparison hides countless variables such as the quality of the materials within a drive, its power consumption, data transfer speed and so forth, but the comparison still helps to level set. Storing data has gotten far less expensive.
With that in mind, you would expect a serious news service provider to aim for maximum retention, which is exactly what Newshosting appears to do. At 3,020+ days, Newshosting has eclipsed the 8-year mark, which means they offer a mind-boggling amount of stored data. They report over 100,000 uncensored newsgroups, so you can likely find even highly obscure files.In our test downloads, for example, we got a 100% completion rate, despite the fact that our downloads did include a handful of par files. Newshosting officially claims 99%+ completion, which seems reasonably cautious.
One of the first things you normally do once you choose your Usenet provider is find a newsreader with which to access the service. In the case of Newshosting, the choice is easy, because Newshosting comes with its own newsreader. and it’s a robust, full-featured and speedy newsreader at that.
The reader includes a built-in Usenet search engine that is intuitive and efficient. It allows you to browse newsgroups manually, for those who want to participate in the discussions in addition to downloading files. The newsreader also supports NZB files and makes it easy to open and use them. The Newshosting reader is preconfigured to work with the service so just about all you have to do is enter your username and password.
After thorough examination, it’s evident that Newshosting more than lives up to its reputation as a top news service provider. It delivers a truly premium experience at a competitive price and for your money you will not find a better provider. Their speed and performance are exceptional, their dedication to privacy and security is admirable, and their retention and completion is up there with the best on the market. If you’re new to Usenet, Newshosting is great place to start. And if you’re a Usenet expert looking to make a switch, look no further. Newshosting delivers across the board and comes highly recommended for good reason.