Usenet Groups: Which One, etc. ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Robert4, May 11, 2018.

  1. Robert4 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2012

    Would be grateful for any help with this.

    On my very old Windows pc, I had access to the Usenet groups for free.
    Don't remember (that old age thing), but maybe thru Mozilla or Eternal September ?

    Anyway, would sure like to get Usenet on my new MAC.
    really enjoyed using it.

    Also, would like it all to be free, if possible.

    I have to admit I don't understand about Clients, Hosts, etc.

    I did download SABnzbd.

    But it is now asking me for the following; no idea what to put in for HOST, etc.

    Server Details
    Please enter in the details of your primary usenet provider.


    Not at all sure if SABnzbd is the one I want, or that there is a better, free, and easier
    one to configure and use.

    Eternal September, again, perhaps ? I did try a month or so again, but ran into all sorts of problems in configuring it

    If anyone has a few spare minutes, might they help me out with picking one, how to configure it, etc.
    Or, if you feel SABnzbd is the right one, how to get it going.

    Or, Eternal September again, with your help, possibly still the easiest and best ?

    As always, thanks for help,
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I recommend Thunderbird (free from Mozilla) as your newsgroup "reader".

    For a free usenet provider (text newsgroups ONLY) I suggest
    port 119

    If you want access to the binary newsgroups, I would suggest

    With Blocknews, you pay a fixed amount "up front". This gives you a certain number of gigabytes to download, without time limit. When you use up your allotment, you just pay for more. Unless one consumes A LOT of usenet traffic, this is the best system I've found.

    A personal opinion:
    There is next-to-nothing of value posted in the Mac newsgroups any more.
    Just bickering, insults, and one-upsmanship.
    Hardly worth the trouble visiting any longer...
  3. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess


    Aug 24, 2017
    Out there...way out there
    These days Usenet reminds me of PRSI, just not as civil or welcoming... :eek::D:p

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