Whether you are new to Usenet and just getting started or you’re an old Usenet pro looking to change your news provider, you probably noticed when looking through the plan features that most of the premium Usenet providers offer up to as many as 60 simultaneous connections to their Usenet servers. Having many simultaneous connections to your Usenet servers is an added bonus because it allows you to transfer multiple newsgroup articles at one time. Transferring articles using multiple connections ultimately saves time when transferring the full article sets. As with many things, there is a delicate balance to using the right number of connections to your Usenet service provider.
How many is to many?
We mentioned that our Usenet server connections balance is important, so how to get there? How do we achieve the right balance and how do we know if we are using too many connections when transferring newsgroup articles to and from our Usenet service providers? Well, the answer lies in the overall bandwidth and speed of our internet connection (the download speed of the cable modem at your house for example). To reach just the right balance, we want to use just as many connections as it will take to use up the full speed of our internet connection and no more. Using more connections can increase overall download speed, but if you use too many, your overall transfer speed begins to slow down. Best practice to achieve just the right connection balance, is to start with a low number of connections and steadily increase your number of connections until you reach your Internet connection’s top speed. As a good rule of thumb, most of the time you do not need to use more than four simultaneous Usenet connections. However, if you live in a remote area you may need to increase that number to reach your maximum download speed.
You can find out the top download speed of your internet connection by using the SpeakEasy Speed Test.