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Newshosting General Support

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is usenet?
  2. What newsgroups do you carry?
  3. How many concurrent connections am I allowed?
  4. How does Newshosting access usage? Are headers counted?
  5. Are uploads (posts) counted?
  6. Where can I find usenet faqs?
  7. What can I do if port 119 (NNTP) is blocked on my network?
  8. What are .rar or .r01, .r02 ... files?
  9. Why doesn't the size of the files I downloaded match my usage stats?
  10. What should my mail server setting be?
  11. How do I cancel an account?
  12. How do I contact Newshosting?
  13. Why can't I download any more?
  14. How can I get more credits before my Automated renewal date?
  15. Can I renew two times in a row for extra credits?
  16. If I manually renew two days before an automated renewal date do I have to use the data in two days?
  17. I would like to close my account. Can I have money back for the time/credits I didn't use?
  18. How much notice should i give to cancel my account?
  19. Do unused download credits roll over when I renew?
  20. Can I log in from multiple computers at the same time?
  21. I just signed up and cannot post to usenet. Why?
1. What is usenet?

Here are some links with a LOT of good information:
Usenet Learning Center

2. What newsgroups do you carry?

A complete list can be found at

3. How many concurrent connections am I allowed?

 XL:60 concurrent connections
 Unlimited:30 concurrent connections
 Lite:30 connections

4. How does Newshosting access usage? Are headers counted?

All bytes are counted as they leave our servers. Text articles and binary attachments are included in the download total. Headers are counted and displayed in your usage statistics, however, they are not included in the total bytes downloaded, and are not charged against your download limit.

5. Are uploads (posts) counted?

Newshosting does not currently count posts.

6. Where can I find usenet faqs?

7. What can I do if port 119 (NNTP) is blocked on my network?

Point your newsreader to any of the following ports: 23, 25, 80, 3128

8. What are .rar or .r01, .r02 ... files?

RAR files are compressed archives (just like zip files) that contain any number and type of files. To get access to these files, make sure that you download all the parts (.r01, .r02, .r03, ...) and then run WinRAR to extract the files.
Get WinRAR from:

9. Why doesn't the size of the files I downloaded match my usage stats?

Please remember that binary attachments are uuencoded by the posting software, which converts the binary data to text for transfer over the internet. This can add as much as 40% to the size of the file. Your news reader uudecodes the attachment after it is downloaded, before it is saved to your harddrive.

10. What should my mail server setting be?

POP3 should be set to Your SMTP server should be set to your ISP's SMTP server.

11. How do I cancel an account?

All accounts must be canceled using the Account Control Panel.

12. How do I contact Newshosting?


13. Why can't I download any more?

Do you have credits? Check your account information using the Account Control Panel.

14.How can I get more credits before my Automated renewal date?

Manually renew your account using the Account Control Panel.

15. Can I renew two times in a row for extra credits?

No, Your account can never have more than your reoccurring rate allotment (Ex: a $10 Monthly account can not have more than 10GB allotted at any time)

16. If I manually renew two days before an automated renewal date do I have to use the data in two days?

NO, Automated renewal dates are reset after every Manual or Automated renewal based on your reoccurring rate.

17. I would like to close my account. Can I have money back for the time/credits I didn't use?

No, we do not provide prorated refunds for unused time/kilobytes.

18. How much notice should i give to cancel my account?

All Newshosting transactions are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST). As long as you cancel your account by 11:59 PM EST prior to your renewal date via the Account Control Panel, that's all the notice we need.

19. Do unused download credits roll over when I renew?

No, paid credit expires at the end of your pay period.

20. Can I log in from multiple computers at the same time?

Newshosting accounts are limited to a single IP at a time.

21. I just signed up and cannot post to usenet. why?

By default, all new accounts have posting access disabled. You can enable posting using the Account Control Panel.

Server Information - US and Europe

Port: 119
Additional NNTP Ports: 23, 25, 80, 3128
SSL Ports: 563, 443

XL Powerpack Unlimited Limited
Connections 60 30 30

Newshosting Client

First Steps and Setup

  1. After registration
  2. Downloading the Newshosting client
  3. Entering your login data

Using the Newshosting Client

  1. Managing Newsgroups
  2. Searching Usenet
  3. Automatic Search
  4. Narrowing Search Results within a Newsgroup
  5. Managing Transfers
  6. Opening a NZB File
  7. Posting to Usenet
  8. Application Settings
  9. Tips and tricks

First Steps and Setup

1. After registration

Immediately after registering you will receive an email with the subject "Your New account". This email will contain your login credentials to both the Newshosting client software and the account administration located here, this is the same login information that you entered at the time of signup.

2. Downloading the Newshosting client

If you did not download the client at the time of account signup you can log in to your account control panel where you can download and install the Newshosting client.

Downloading the Newshosting client

3. Entering your login data

After installation your Newshosting client will launch automatically. When starting the client for the first time, you will be requested to enter your login data. The username you created at the time of signup and the password can be found in the "Your New account" email you have received. If you have lost your password simply click on the lost password link and enter in your email address to have it sent to you.

Using the Newshosting Client

1. Managing Newsgroups

Finding a newsgroup / Adding to Bookmarks
You can quickly and easily find a newsgroup that interests you by searching by name. You can browse and search by newsgroup with the following steps:

  1. Click on Newsgroups tab at the top of the window.
  2. Click in the Search Newsgroups field, located in the window toolbar

  3. Type the name of a newsgroup, such as comp.sys.mac.hardware:
  4. Matching newsgroups will be displayed in a list, alongside their post count.
  5. To add the newsgroup to your bookmarks either double click or right click on it.

  6. After you choose to bookmark the newsgroup, you will need to select whether it is a Text-based newsgroup, or Binary newsgroup.

  7. Once a newsgroup has been added to your bookmarks you can browse it at your leisure

You can also begin the process by right clicking in the bookmarks area and choosing Add Bookmark.

Deleting newsgroups from bookmarks
To delete a newsgroup from your bookmark list:

  1. Right click the newsgroup you wish to delete from the Bookmarks section.
  2. Select Delete Bookmark

Coloring Bookmarks
You can change the color of a bookmark's background by right clicking on the bookmark and selecting a color from the Color menu choice.

Bookmark Folders and Arrangement
To create a folder to arrange your bookmarks in:

  1. Right click on a folder within the bookmarks area
  2. Enter the name of the folder

You can now drag and drop bookmarked newsgroups and other folders into this folder. To rename the folder simply double click on it, enter the new name. and press return.

2. Searching Usenet

Newshosting allows searches both globally as well as a within a specific newsgroup. To do a global search:

  1. Click on the text field at the top right of the Newshosting Browser window
  2. The magnifying glass icon drops down to allow a choice of search engine, either Newshosting's or Newshosting's engine is selected by default.
  3. After you've decided upon which engine to power your search enter your search term. For this tutorial we're going to use the default Newshosting engine.
  4. On your search results page you will see that the results are able to be viewed by type (everything, video, audio, documents, ISO images, software, and images). The results are also sortable by: postname, file size, post date, poster, and newsgroup.
  5. Once you've found a post of interest simply double click to begin a transfer.

3. Creating an Automatic Search

Newshosting also offers an automatic search capability. To setup an automated search:

  1. Click on the Automatic Search tab at the top.
  2. In the query field enter your keyword(s) and choose the media types specific to your search.
  3. Define the range of file sizes, date ranges and default actions you wish the saved search to take from the drop down menu item (optional)
  4. Apply the settings and continue to work on this or additional saved searches by clicking apply.

If you wish to save all your current settings and go back to the main Newshosting application, click on "ok". The data settings for your automatic searches can be found in your settings under the General tab.

4. Narrowing Search Results within a Newsgroup

When browsing through a newsgroup it is possible to narrow the results even more by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the lower right-hand corned of the window. This will toggle the restrictions panel. Here you can search for a specific term within a group, define a time frame or size range, show file groups with previews only, and show file groups with NFO only. Keep in mind that you can also select the type of file you're looking for at the top of the newsgroup pane by selecting one of the following: Everything, Video, Audio, Documents, ISO Images, Software, or Images.

5. Managing Transfers

Viewing overall transfer status
If any uploads or downloads are in progress, a count of total transfers in process will be shown in the Transfers menu item.  Next to the Transfer menu item there is a pause button that can be used to quickly pause (and resume) all transfers in progress.

Viewing the transfer queue
Click on Transfers menu to reveal the transfer queue.

Controlling the transfer queue:

  1. Select the item(s)
  2. Right click
  3. Select the behavior that you wish to occur to the selected transfers. This can include canceling them, pausing them, or modifying their priority.
  4. If you pause specific transfers but not all transfers through the menu any transfers that have not been paused individually will still occur.

6. Opening a NZB File

The "Open NZB" file will let you import a NZB file ( in the Newshosting client. The transfer will be automatically added to the "Transfers" queue.

7. Posting to Usenet

Before you can post to Usenet you will need to login to your control panel and request posting access at The Newshosting client only allows posting within text based newsgroups. To post a reply to a text newsgroup:

  1. Navigate to the text based newsgroup of your choice
  2. Find a post which you wish to reply to
  3. Click on the Reply button at the top of the newsgroup window
  4. Enter your reply in the text field that appears
  5. Click Send

8. Application Settings

In order to use the Newshosting client enter your active login information here. If your password does not work you can reset it here.

Usenet Index
Here you control thumbnail display and the default action dialogue for the general Usenet index.

Here you control the default search engine and if you wish to maintain a search history.

The General settings control private data such as: search history, download history, bookmarks and favorites. It also controls several user interface options.

The connection menu allows you to limit your download speed, specify which port to use, the number of connections and if you wish to use an SSL.

The downloads options include the default folder to save to, and if you wish to PAR2 and UnRAR the downloaded files once complete.

Import allows the setup of a watch folder.  A watch folder allows you to place NZB files into a specific folder which is monitored by the Newshosting client. The client can then automatically transfer the contents of the NZB.

The scheduler allows you to specify times of day to allow certain types of transfers. This is set by either all downloads, images or previews and in one hour increments over the 24 hour time frame. These settings will pause any active downloads.

You can manage video preview settings here.

Safe Search
Explicitly labeled adult content is filtered. Please note that as this is only for explicitly labeled content, not 100% of adult content is removed.

This is where you control the sender and header information for your text newsgroup posts.

9. Tips and Tricks

Many shortcuts are available to you in the interface simply by right clicking an item. For instance, right clicking on any file group will bring up options and actions available specific to that group, like "Downloading" immediately or "Show details". Right clicking on items being actively downloaded will allow you quick access to canceling that download or moving it around in priority.

Previews and Automatic Previews are sometimes available for video file groups. If a preview is available for a video, a button on the right side of the properties menu will be shown. There's also an icon alerting you to available previews.
Though many players work well, VLC Media Player is an open source, free media player that works best for viewing and using all types of video and audio content you find on Usenet. It can be found here.

  1. What is a newsreader?
  2. I did not receive my login details.
  3. I receive an error logging into the software.
  4. I cannot connect to Newshosting.
  5. How do I use the index search?
  6. I can't find what I'm looking for.
  7. I cannot open the downloaded file.
1. What is a newsreader?

Newsreaders are programs that let you read newsgroups. Newsgroups are forums for discussion that are most comparable to e-mail lists, except that the messages are publicly viewable. Most newsreader software functions like an email client, making it very easy to browse messages and content from different newsgroups while also allowing you to bookmark or subscribe to the newsgroups of interest to you. Today's newsreaders are binary capable, meaning they will also download, decode and reassemble user generating binary files, saving you a lot of time and trouble.

2. I did not receive my login details.

If you did not receive your login details please have the password sent to the email address you signed up with here. If you still do not receive your login information please contact support at

3. I receive an error logging into the software.

Please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for an account to become active. If you continue to encounter problems logging in after this timeframe please insure that both are entered correctly as usernames and passwords are case sensitive. If after verifying login information you still cannot login please contact support at

4. I cannot connect to Newshosting.

Please be sure that the port that you have selected to use, which can be found by selecting "Options" and then "Settings" and then clicking "Connection", is enabled by your firewall. To modify any firewall settings, please consult your specific model's owner's manual.

5. How do I use the index?

Simply type a keyword or partial keyword in the search box located in the upper right hand corner of the newsreader and hit enter. You can change the search engine used by clicking on the magnifying glass in the same search box and selecting your preferred option.

6. I can't find what I'm looking for.

If you can't currently find what you're looking for try different spellings that may be related to your search. If you still are unable to locate what you're looking for we suggest reattempting your search at a later date. Millions of new posts and up to 12 terabytes of new data occur each day!

7. I cannot open the downloaded file.

While we generally do not provide assistance with specific file formats, you should be able to find out more about the format in question either at or with a search for the extension on

Utilities and Diagnostic Tools

Reverse traceroute

Click to use our Reverse Traceroute Tool
Performing a traceroute between and your current location can help identify network slowdowns.

Newsgroup listing

Click to download a full listing of newsgroups we carry.
This list is created in real-time using the actual listing from our news servers.

Request that a newsgroup be added

Can't find your favorite group on our servers? We will add it for you! Just send the name of the newsgroup via email to:

Recover a lost password

Forgot your password? No Problem! Click to recover your password .

What is Usenet? (Newsgroups)

The Usenet is a worldwide information network made up of user generated discussion groups called newsgroups. There are over 110,000 Usenet newsgroups, which cover a vast variety of subjects ranging from space science and exploration to Apple iPhone app development and technology. The Usenet is the oldest community on the internet and all content found on the Usenet is user generated, just like forums and blogs. In fact, Usenet is the forefather of these thread-based systems.

The Usenet is made up of a network of servers all over the world that send and receive messages or posts from millions of end-users engaging in new and ongoing discussions. Originally designed as a way for colleges and Universities to share news, ideas and information, the growth of the internet has given way to an explosive flow of information on the Usenet, making it an international breeding ground for individual and group creativity.

In addition to the discussion-based nature of text newsgroups, there are also an abundant amount of Usenet newsgroups and messages that contain user-generated encoded binaries. These encoded binaries can be any type of file ranging from mpeg video to mp3 music files.

How to Post to Usenet

NOTE: We recommend using our Newshosting Usenet Browser for all of your discussion group posting needs. Posting at Newshosting is restricted upon sign up. In order to post, you will need to request the ability from support via a quick email to

Usenet content is all user generated. This means that users like yourself post information of all kinds in various topic groups called newsgroups. See the tab to the left entitled "How is Usenet Organized" for more information on what newsgroup types are available.

In general, the Usenet is broken into two camps – text or discussion groups and binary or file groups.

Getting involved in a discussion by posting to a text group is very easy. With most browsers it works very similar to an email. Simply find the "Post" button while browsing a discussion group and fill in the required information, such as "Subject" and "Message" and submit. The browser takes care of the rest! Once a discussion is going, simply hit "Reply" and your message will be placed in-line in the order that it is received. Most discussions are grouped by "threads" to make it easy for users to see the topic and who has responded to who and when.

To post a large file, such as a group of photos in a zip file or a video from your vacation, the method is not as straight forward. This is due to the fact that the Usenet uses a protocol called "NNTP", large files are generally too big for a single message, which is limited to only a small amount of data per post. In order to get around this limitation, large files are generally broken up into what is called "multipart" messages.

Many browsers and programs to do this are available for you to use when posting multipart messages. We recommend this excellent tutorial from "Newsgroup Reviews" on how to begin:

How is the Usenet Organized?

The Usenet is home to hundreds of discussion groups called newsgroups that contain a cornucopia of unique subjects and topics. Whether you are looking to buy a house or want to learn how to repair your car, the Usenet has an answer and a seller for you. Because there are so many groups to choose from, navigating the Usenet can sometimes be a daunting task for new users. The early pioneers of the Usenet recognized this problem rather quickly and endeavored to enhance the Usenet experience by organizing the fast growing list of available newsgroups into 8 major categories, called The-Big-8.

Category Descriptions
comp.* These groups contain information and discussions about computer related hardware and software.
humanities.* These groups cover discussions and topics such as religion and spiritualism.
misc.* This category is reserved for any miscellaneous topics that don't fit into any other category.
news.* These groups cover Usenet Newsgroup related news and also world news and events.
rec.* Nascar fans, grab your steering wheels and start you engines. These groups include a vast variety of recreational topics guaranteed to appeal to everyone from the average hobbyist to the extreme sport enthusiast.
sci.* Scientists put on your lab coats. Theses groups cover any kind of scientific discussion on subjects ranging from the Big Bang theory to brain surgery.
soc.* Do you have questions about society politics or other cultures? These groups contain discussions and information about the many political and diverse cultures issues found worldwide.
talk.* The talk.* groups cover controversial topics and conversations not categorized in any other group.

For more information on Usenet Hierachies, please see this excellent guide on Wikipedia.

Connecting to Usenet Newsgroup Servers

Connecting to the Usenet is very quick and easy to do with Newshosting. Connecting the Usenet is similar to accessing email.

First you need to create a Newshosting Usenet account on our newsgroup servers by generating a personal unique user name and password. You can create a new Usenet account here. Once you have an account, you will need a program called a newsreader.

A newsreader is a user-interface that allows you to read, search, download and post user-generated content and discussions to the Usenet. We highly recommend our own Newshosting Usenet Browser for access.