Newshosting Review 2017

Newshosting is a tier-1 Usenet provider. That means you can expect the best possible service and support as Newshosting manages their own network of Usenet servers. As a member you can connect to newsgroup servers in the United States. The Netherlands, or Germany. Expect the highest retention with over 3,300 days of binaries accessible through the service. While you can use a third party Usenet client like SABnzbd or NZBGet, the Newshosting client is included for members. You can use it to search for content, preview, download, repair, and unpack your downloads. While SSL is included with all accounts, Newshosting also offers VPN for those who want extra privacy protection.

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Newshosting Discount

Newshosting offers three different plans. Before we cover their retail accounts, I’m excited to share an exclusive discount that Newshosting is kindly offering our visitors. You can enjoy unlimited Usenet access for just $9.99 a month instead of the normal $19.95 retail price. I recommend the 1 year unlimited special which includes both Usenet and VPN for just $99.99 a year. That’s a savings of 58% off along with the $4.99/mo. VPN addon included for free.

Newshosting NGR Deal

TermRetail PriceSales PriceNGR PriceDiscountVPN
1 Month$19.95$9.99$9.9950% off$4.99 addon
1 Year$239.40$189.95$99.9958% offVPN included

Payment options include credit card and Paypal. Newshosting accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and more. Those who like to manage the billing for all your online accounts from one centralized location may prefer Paypal. Newshosting doesn’t accept Bitcoin but we’re hopeful that cryptocurrency payments will come soon.

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Retail Usenet Plans and Pricing

Newshosting offers three Usenet plans based on monthly usage and the number of connections.

Newshosting retail plans

PlanMonthYearDownloadsConn.VPNFree Trial
Lite$10$120.0050 GB30$4.99 addon14 days free
Unlimited$14.95$155.40unlimited30$4.99 addon14 days free
XL Powerpack$19.95$189.95unlimited60included14 days free

NGR Tip: don’t get caught up in the number of connections offered. The NH Unlimited with 30 connections is plenty. There is no need for 60 connections. We can easily max our 60 Mbps cable line with just a few connections.

Newshosting Retention and Support

Newshosting has been around a long time and has a large customer base. They were the first Usenet provider to announce plans to upgrade binary retention back in 2009. Since then Newshosting has steadily raised retention to over 3,300+ days and continues to grow.

Members enjoy unlimited Usenet and their newsreader with built-in Usenet search. SABnzbd fans will appreciate the automated search feature. With all the added features, Newshosting is quickly moving ahead of other leading providers. Not too surprising given the quality and value of their service.

Newshosting offers 3,300+ days binary retention and 1,400 days text retention across 100,000+ newsgroups. You get full retention with all Usenet plans. Multiple server farms located in the United States and Europe (Amsterdam) enhance performance and reliability.

Newshosting provides knowledgeable 24/7 technical support. Their site also has a useful FAQ section including server connection details and alternate ports. Newshosting also offers a video tutorial series to help get you started. Though with the new Newshosting client there isn’t much need for instructions. A username and password is all you need.

Newshosting offers high-speed access and an industry leading 60 connections with their XL PowerPack account. However, the NH Unlimited account includes 30 connections which is plenty. In fact we can easily max out a 60 Mbps connection using a handful of connections as you can see in the speed connection graph in the client image below.

Newshosting Client: Search and Download Speed Test

The Newshosting Usenet Browser is a free download for members. Sign up for one of our specials to gain immediate access to the client. We really enjoy their newsreader. The user interface makes it easy to search for content and download. You can also preview files and look at thumbnail images. The reader automatically repairs and extracts the files as well. You can automate search to look for content on a regular basis for quick downloads.

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You really want to try the Usenet browser for yourself to find out just how easy Newshosting is to use. The built-in Usenet search engine will help you find content. From there you can preview or let the client take care of the full download. The image above shows our search results for “ubuntu”. We chose to filter the results to ISO images. You can also filter by audio, video, documents, software, or images.

After completing our search, we chose to queue up a 9.77 GB Ubuntu collection. The download took less than 20 minutes. As you can see we were averaging 7.72 MB/s. If you convert the Megabytes (MB) over to megabits (mb) the results show that we averaged a download speed of 61.76 Mbps which maxed our cable Internet connection. The Newshosting client will repair and extract the files so you won’t need WinRAR, 7-Zip, or QuickPar.

If you use the Newshosting Usenet browser then you will not need to enter any news server information. However, I know some will still use SABnzbd and other popular Usenet clients to connect. If you go with a third-party newsreader then you will need to enter the news server addresses. Here’s the information you will need to get set up.

  • News server address: news.newshosting.com
  • Default NNTP port: 119
  • Alternative NNTP ports: 80
  • Default SSL port: 563
  • Alternative SSL port: 443

That’s the default configuration options. They will allow Newshosting to determine the best server farm for your location. You can also set multiple news servers up in your favorite newsreader. We recommend setting US, NL. and DE server as follows:

  • United States news server address: news-us.newshosting.com
  • Netherlands server address: news-nl.newshosting.com
  • Germany server address: news-de.newshosting.com

Not to get too technical but IPv6 is creeping its way into the mainstream. Newshosting fully supports IPv6 connections. Here are the server settings for IPv6 connections:

  • United States IPv6 server address: news-us6.newshosting.com
  • Netherlands IPv6 server address: news-nl6.newshosting.com
  • Germany IPv6 servers address: news-de6.newshosting.com

Once again you won’t need to enter the news server addresses or port numbers if using the Newshosting Usenet browser. It does give you the option to connect using SSL. We enable SSL and still easily max our connection. Some people feel that SSL is overkill for Usenet but we don’t see any reason not to secure your connection when the speeds are so good anyway.

Newshosting VPN Client Testing

Newshosting has added the option of VPN service. You can add VPN to any account or enjoy free VPN with our annual special. Members have access to over 360 VPN servers in 20 countries around the world. They include free software for Windows and Mac. You can connect on up to two devices at a time. Newshosting doesn’t record, monitor or store logs of your VPN activity. They allow all traffic on the network including VoIP and P2P.

Newshosting VPN

Newshosting members with VPN have access to servers in 20 countries. The VPN network has over 360 servers with several servers in popular locations like London, Amsterdam, Sydney, New York and several more cities in the United States. You can use the Windows or Mac client to connect to VPN servers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and US.

Conclusion

We use Newshosting and highly recommend the service. They provide a high level of service and reliability. The added features and special pricing helped Newshosting earn our 2017 Editors’ Choice award as the top Usenet provider. Members have access to Newshosting client with built-in search and automation features. The client is included free with the service. Sign up with our discount to save 58% off and enjoy unlimited Usenet + VPN from just $8.33 a month.

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