What to Look for When Choosing Usenet Service – Part 2 of 2
By: Usenet Service On: Saturday, July 28th, 2012
This article continues to list and explain the rest of the factors one needs to consider and examine when choosing a Usenet provider.
Providing a web interface for users to browse through and use, is a very beneficial feature when it comes to Usenet service. The web interface can be used to browse and download articles, but it does not require you to have additional software (known as a newsreader). You only need to have an Internet browser to utilize this interface which makes it very convenient to use your Usenet account on a different computer when you are outside of home or when you travel. It is also very helpful for mobile phone users who cannot use newsreaders. FastUsenet.org’s configuration free web interface makes it very easy for beginners, mobile phone users and frequent travelers to use their Usenet service around the world without having to download any extra software.
Number of Servers
Needless to say, the number of servers is a crucial feature of a good Usenet provider. The more servers a given provider has, the better. As servers may go down for different reasons at different points in time, it is important for your provider to offer you access to as many servers as possible so that you do not have to suffer from a particular server’s downtime and can continue to use your account regardless of the technical problems a certain server may be experiencing at the time. Fast Usenet has multiple fail over servers which allows us to offer 99.6% uptime.
Number of Peers
Peers are other providers that every respectable Usenet service should maintain healthy relationships with. This is done to improve a single provider’s server content and to ensure that they have all the articles that other providers have on their servers. This way you will have access to worldwide Usenet posts and everyone else will be able to see your posts. FastUsenet.org has peering arrangements with many other leading providers.
Some newsgroup providers (such as FastUsenet.org) offer membership accounts that feature no download limits. We also offer an “Unlimited” membership plan that includes no speed caps, no time limits, and no download limits, unrestricted access with up to 50 simultaneous streams. Our Unlimited plan is great because you never again have to worry about whether you have reached your download limit. Not all providers have such plans available, however, and many users pay similar prices for accounts that do limit their download capabilities.
Quality Technical Support
The quality, availability and variety of technical support options are key things to consider when buying newsgroup service. You do not want to not be able to get help on a weekend or on an evening; therefore you should look for providers that are open every day of the week and have convenient support hours. Fast Usenet is one of a few providers who are open 7 days a week with extended work hours, offering high quality professional support over the phone, chat, and email.