Introduction to Usenet

The Usenet is often referred to as the “Internet on the Internet” – it is a network that hosts discussion forums, so-called newsgroups. The Usenet is often compared to a blackboard on which messages can be left. In order to participate in the events you need an internet connection, access to the Usenet and a program to dig through the network: The Newsreader – it allows you to read and reply to messages and download attached data from Usenet: The Binaries.

You are completely ignorant and have no idea about Usenet? Don’t worry, we’ll give you the ultimate crash course! A very good overview of the top players in the market can be found at

1) Provider search

The first thing you have to do is find a provider – we have listed the best providers in the provider comparison. Some are especially suitable for beginners and marked as such. You simply have to weigh up what is important to you and how much you spend on your access or how long you want to commit to a provider. Once you have decided, log in and wait until you get your access data. Until then you can search for a suitable newsreader – we come to step 2.

2) Search newsreader

You now have an account but no tool to use it? No problem, just take a look at our newsreader list to see which reader you like best. If you have registered at, we recommend to use their own reader – for beginners and professionals simply the best there is.

3) Installation and setup

Now you have to enter your access data in the respective newsreader. The relevant data are: “Server Address” + “Port” + “Username” + “Password”. You can find them in the provider’s mail. Here is a screen of the Newsleecher:

4) Connect to Usenet

Now simply click on the CONNECT button of the respective reader and you are connected to the Usenet.

5) File Search

  • Now of course you have to find data/news, either via the integrated search engines of the reader, an external Usenet search engine or via Usenet pages/boards.
  • You have to decide for yourself which way is best for you, but I can only recommend the boards for beginners (you can find good forums under Usenet pages ) or the Usenext or Firstload software.

6) Download on Usenet

If you search the integrated search engines (except UseneXt, Firstload and Easyload software!) for videos etc. you will face the problem that many file names are encrypted and don’t give any indication of the real download. That’s why you should use the forums – here NZB files are posted / the headers and group where you can find what. This is usually the most convenient way.

If this is too cumbersome for you, you should sign up for Usenext – here even the most inexperienced user will find what he is looking for – discussions, movies, texts, music or anything else, here everything is correctly named and even rated by users.

7) NZB files and download queues

As soon as you have found the files you are looking for, you can either import them via an NZB file ( Caution, NZB Import do not support all readers! ) or simply mark and download them in the integrated search function. If you get an error message while unpacking that one or more of the archives are defective, you don’t have to despair, you can also get help here. Just have a look at the FAQ for “Repairing files with QuickPar”.

NOTE: It is difficult to create a general “download guide” because more or less every newsreader is different to handle. We hope, however, that we have been able to show you the possibilities well and have brought you a little closer to the basics of Usenet.

Usenet Tools (Newsreader, Upload, Repair)

If you have Usenet access, you just need a newsreader to connect to the network and you can discuss, download and upload and experience the world of Usenet. An overview of the most popular and best newsreaders can be found under Tools. Another tool for example to repair broken data is QuickPar, you can upload your own files with YencPowerpost.

Security in the Usenet

Security and anonymity are written in capital letters nowadays like never before – also in the Usenet! SSL encryption is not uncommon with most providers and increases their security even more! But even without SSL, the Usenet is secure – so what is downloaded is not logged!

Searching for files or news in Usenet can be a bit difficult in the beginning, how to find the right content can be found under Search Downloads. The easiest way is to search for suitable NZB files, which can then be conveniently downloaded into the newsreader and the download begins immediately.

Alternative to file sharing?

For many, the Usenet has become the ultimate alternative to file sharing รก la Emule, Bittorrent, Kazaaa, Gnutela and what they are all called. What advantages does the Usenet offer compared to usual file-sharing networks?- The download is anonymous, nobody can see your IP address!– The download starts immediately at full speed- No fakes, encrypted files or viruses- SSL encryption additionally possible- You don’t have to sharpen anything during the download, so upload! downloads are indexed at some providers and evaluated by their users, e.g. with Usenext

Where are the files located and who uploads them?

The binaries are located on servers or server farms – and not, as with P2P, on another user – hence the extremely high download speed that is achieved with the Usenet download. A consequence of this is (unfortunately) that this service cannot be offered free of charge: The purchase and maintenance of the servers, energy costs and above all the traffic cost the operators good money, which of course has to be financed again somehow. But you also get offered! Up to 64mbit/second Downloadspeed – this speed is usually above the maximum speed of an average DSL access. The files and contributions in the Usenet come from the users themselves and not from the Usenet provider! It only provides access (comparable to Internet access from T-Online and content from third parties). You can find out how to reply on Usenet or upload files in the Usenet Upload Tutorial.

Is the Usenet legal?

  1. The Usenet is completely legal – like an Internet provider, it gives its users access to the Usenet instead of access to the Internet – what you do there is up to you!
  2. Of course, downloading copyright-protected material is just as illegal on Usenet as it is on the Internet or in a shop to take a DVD with you!
  3. You pay your monthly fee to get this Usenet access, you don’t get any licenses or the like for downloads that are otherwise subject to charges!

Usenet for free or with costs?

Many providers such as T-Online, Freenet etc. offer free Usenet access to their Internet accounts, but these are limited to text messages, so you can’t download the hot binaries with it. If you want to use the Usenet to its full extent – i.e. also download and upload file attachments – then there is a free alternative, which is however limited in time. Usenet providers such as Usenext, Firstload, Simonews or United-Newsserver offer an introductory phase – usually you can test the service for free for between one and two weeks and download it for between 1-600 GB free of charge and discuss it diligently in the Usenet. Please note, however, that these accounts are limited in time and will either be deactivated after the test phase or be transferred to a contract – so if you decide against the provider, remember to cancel online in good time.

Conclusion: A free Usenet access is sufficient for discussing in the Usenet, who needs binaries etc. needs a commercial Usenet access – on our site you can find different Usenet providers, which we tested and recommend.

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