Usenet Speed Tests
Usenet is known for its extremely high speed, and this is one of the main reasons for most people to switch from Torrents to get the content they want.
Many Usenet providers allow you to connect to their servers at speeds as fast as your Internet connection will allow. What does this mean for you?
It means that with a 100 Mbps internet connection you can download a 700mb file in less than 1 minute. And a full DVD (4.7GB) should be downloaded in no more than 4 minutes.
Why? On Usenet connection speed matches your bandwidth (The only limitation you get when using Usenet is that of your Internet Service Provider), and remains constant. This means a Usenet user can download whenever they like without worrying about ratio (no speed is lost), uploads (you are not forced to upload the files that you are downloading in Usenet)… Usenet is faster than the fastest of Torrent Trackers because Usenet utilizes your maximum available bandwidth.
To get the most out of your Usenet experience, you’ll want to ensure that you achieve maximum speeds. How to optimize your Usenet speed?
You might get faster download speeds from a server that is geographically closer to you. We tested Usenet servers using a Fiber connection (Hyperoptic). As we’re located in the EU, our expectation would be to get top speeds on the EU server, and slightly worse results for the US. However, you can expect performance to be slower if you are trying to use a European Usenet service from North America. If you live in the United States then I recommend using a U. S. Usenet provider for your primary.
Speed can also be influenced by the number of connections you are allowed to make. To get the fastest connection possible, only use as many connections as necessary to maximize your bandwidth. In fact using too many connections will slow down your Usenet speed. What is the right number of Usenet connections? To test how many connections you should be using, slowly increase your number of connections. Use a speed test to check your bandwidth usage. Increase your number of connections until you use all available bandwidth. Once you do use all of your available bandwidth, slowly decrease your number of connections. When your bandwidth usage also drops, stop. You have found your perfect number. There is a general consensus that 8 - 12 connections is sufficient for most users, though.
Another way to solve this problem is to switch your server. Some Usenet providers offer multiple servers (news servers in the US and Europe) to deliver the fastest Usenet speeds possible. To maximize download speeds during times of slow performance we suggest you setup all servers and split your connections between them.
Avoid Peak Hours - If the server is too overloaded, one solution could be trying it again later. You might learn that at certain times everything slows down, thanks to high traffic.
NOTE - The speed is also influenced by the quality of your (network) equipment.