A little more detail on the speed of the connection I get from Giganews Usenet; I am located in
Independence, MO just outside Kansas City, I have a Comcast business class connection and I used the
Newsgroup Download Speed Test on the link I gave above. Looking at my search page you can see that I get
comparable active file transfer speed from Giganews Usenet as I get from "MY SERVER" which is literally
sitting 6-inches away on a GigE connection. I hope this is just because of the old 486 machine that I am
running news on, and the large number of peers it connects to, and not a reflection of my networks
actual performance. Either way, the connection speed from Giganews Usenet is impressive.
Giganews Usenet has consistently added new services and features, many
that are available to all users and some which come free to Diamond account members. Features added in
just the past few years include:
VyprVPN - a secure, encrypted internet
connection that protects your privacy. VyprVPN is free to Diamond account users, or available
for separate purchase from the developer, GoldenFrog.
Versions are available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad/iTouch and Android operating
Giganews Accelerator - provides header
compression for improved download speeds and 256-bit
SSL encryption for all accounts. This provides what I call "poor man's privacy" for
your account, ie. encryption prevents your ISP from seeing what groups you are downloading from,
etc. However, it is still possible for your ISP to know what sites and/or what services (HTTP/S,
NNTP/S, etc) you are using from those sites, which they can use for various things including
throttling your connection speeds.
MIMO - a full usenet browser with
built-in support for RAR and PAR files, threaded message reading and image viewing. It also has
an integrated search feature, built-in GNACCEL and
has been optimized to deal with Giganews' large retention time and article count. MIMO is
included free with all accounts, unlike most other usenet browsers on the market, this one is
still under active development by Giganews and GoldenFrog.
GNSTORAGE - Giganews Usenet has
developed an online storage service called Dump Truck. Dump Truck utilizes their impressive
distributed storage architecture that currently provides access to NNTP and the service is
included with all accounts.