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Newgroups and Usenet Frequently Asked Questions
Newgroups and Usenet Frequently Asked Questions
  • Article ID: 225962
  • Last modified date: February 26, 2015 21:02
Summary

This article will answer common questions regarding EarthLink's Newsgroup access.

Newsgroups FAQ
Newsgroups FAQ
Newsgroups FAQ
Is there a download limit?

Yes. In order to make our News service fair to all users, EarthLink does enforce download limits on its Usenet service. The limit is 35 GB per Account during the last 30 days. Please note that "Headers" and articles count towards the limit.

Rate limited is set on a monthly basis, with over bandwidth issues resetting on the 1st of each month.  Rate limiting is on a per Account, not per email address, basis.  

What server name should I use?

Three servers are available for Newsgroups usage: nntp.earthlink.net, news.west.earthlink.net and news.east.earthlink.net. For best performance, if you live west of the Mississippi River, you should use news.west.earthlink.net. If you live east of the Mississippi River, you should use news.east.earthlink.net. If you are unsure, you should use news.east.earthlink.net . All servers will have the same functionality, capability, list of newsgroups, and articles.

All EarthLink members have access to all three servers. We encourage you to select the server that provides the best experience for you.

Do I need to log in to the news server?

Yes. All connections to the news servers require authentication. You must log in with your entire email address (e.g. johndoe@earthlink.net). Remember, your email address and password are case sensitive. (Make sure your CAPS LOCK button is off!)

How many connections may I open to the news server?

EarthLink news servers only allow four simultaneous logins from one connection. This means that you can have up to four programs accessing the news server at any given time.

How can I request that newsgroups be added?

You can post a message to earthlink.support.usenet.  However, at this time, new newsgroups are not being added to the server.

How long does EarthLink keep articles on the news servers?

The retention goal for binary articles is seven (7) days. The retention goal for text articles is thirty (30) days. Please note that this is only a general guideline, and actual retention may vary.

Are there any posting limits?

If you are experiencing slow uploads and/or timeouts when trying to post messages to a newsgroup, it is likely that you have exceeded the daily limit on message uploads.

What is the maximum size of a post we accept?

One megabyte. This is generally considered the standard for most Usenet servers.

Is there a website where users can check the usage?

EarthLink partners with GigaNews to bring you Newsgroup access.  As you approach your monthly limit, you will receive an email from GigaNews offering you options for extending your monthly limit by signing up for GigaNews plans separate from your EarthLink account.  These plans offer you extended monthly bandwidth and the ability to review how much bandwidth you are using.

The plan options include (pricing subject to change):

DIAMOND $29.99 Per Month

  • Giganews most popular plan
  • Unlimited monthly bandwidth allowance
  • 256-bit SSL Encryption included +10 Bonus Connections
  • Total of 20 Simultaneous Connections
  • Retention growing to 365 days!

PLATINUM $24.99 Per Month

  • Unlimited monthly bandwidth allowance
  • Retention growing to 365 days!
  • 256-bit SSL Encryption included +10 Bonus Connections for $5/extra

SILVER $12.99 Per Month

  • 35GB monthly bandwidth allowance
  • Retention growing to 365 days!
  • 256-bit SSL Encryption included +10 Bonus Connections for $5/extra

 

 

Why can I no longer access Newsgroups?

Newsgroup access is limited to customers who opened accounts prior to December 2013.  If you have closed and reopened your account recently, you will have lost access to Newsgroups.  You can also lose access to Newsgroups for violations of the Acceptable Use Policy or by attempting to circumvent monthly bandwidth limits. 

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