I like the efficiency of downloading from the Usenet. It’s faster and more reliable other systems I’d tried, including very popular commercial ones. However, it does need to be set up properly if you want good downloading speeds. Here is a guide:
SABnzbd is a great downloading application that uses multiple connections for speed. SABnzbd is free and it’s available for Linux, Macs, and Windows. It runs as a mini web server on your computer. Once installed, you can visit the local URL “http://localhost:8080/sabnzbd/” in a web browser to access the application. You can then click on the “Config” button, followed by the “Servers” tab, and enter your Usenet subscription information.The full “Quick Start” instructions for SABnzbd are here.
If you use Chrome, you can use this plug-in: SABConnect++
Alternatively, you can set SABnzbd to watch a folder, and start downloading when you drop an NZB file into that folder.
Consider An Automatic Downloader
Sickbeard is an app that will perform daily automated downloads for you.
Use An Reliable Newsgroup Provider
Some Usenet providers are run by dubious companies. I recommend subscribing to a reliable newsgroup provider see my article The Best Usenet Providers.
Use A Backup Newsgroup Provider
Sometimes a file you download from a newsgroup will be missing blocks (parts of the file). So having a back-up or “block” provider is handy. I recommend using UsenetBucket (Netherlands). You may want to stay away from Tweaknews — I have read reports of subscriber’s credit cards being used for fraudulent purposes by their credit card payment processor.
If you get a block account, configure it as a “backup” server in SABnzbd (see above).
Join A Good Usenet Indexer
You must find a Usenet index with a good search feature, for example these:
- DogNZB (open for registration for short periods every few weeks)
- NZBHangout (newly open for registration)
- nMatrix (private registration)
- Nzbplanet.net (open registration)
- Nzbfriends.com (open registration)
- NZBmegasearch (a stand-alone app)
- aBook.ws (indexes audio books)
- NZB.su (by invitation only now)