What is a Newsgroup Web Gateway?
The concept is simple; a newsgroup Web gateway is just an access point to the Usenet newsgroups through a web browser. A web browser, of course, is your every day tool that you use to surf the Internet. A couple examples of free Internet browsers that everyone can download and use on their machine are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari
Only Way to Access the Newsgroups?
You may have heard the term “newsreader” before. A newsreader is considered the primary means of accessing Usenet and downloading from the newsgroups. It is a simple program that supports all functions of Usenet – reading posts, browsing, viewing pictures and thumbnails, posting and downloading. The newsgroup web gateway, however, is considered a simpler tool for accessing Usenet.
Of course, with simplicity come certain drawbacks and limitations. While the Newsgroup Web Gateway is a great tool for browsing the 100,000+ groups available from Fast Usenet, it is not the best way to look for and download files. Pictures and thumbnails are supported within the newsgroup web gateway but larger binaries, such as videos, audio, and computer programs, are a little harder to get through it. It is not impossible but it can end up being quite a hassle.
A hassle that can easily be prevented by using a newsreader such as GrabIt. What’s the catch, you may ask? There is no catch, just maybe a longer learning curve as we are all familiar with how the web browsers work but not all of us have used a newsreader before. It is a pretty simple application that has an extensive functionality and could be a very useful tool once you familiarize yourself with it.
What If I Want Both?
In the case of a newsreader and a newsgroup web gateway, you not only can have both, you are encouraged to have both depending on your present goals. Web browsers are free and everyone has them on their computer. Newsreaders are generally not free, but you can get a free customized version of GrabIt (one of the nice newsreader applications) when you get a Usenet account with Fastusenet.org.
If you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it – it’s free after all. So, the best way to go about accessing Usenet if you are a novice would be trying both and deciding which one works best for you. If you are in Usenet for the free binary downloads, however, my recommendation to you is to download GrabIt from Fastusenet.org today and start learning how to use it.