When setting up your Usenet service, one important step is to test whether you are achieving the expected download speeds. If speed is your major consideration, it doesn't make sense to invest unless you can actually achieve the desired rates.(This is also one great reason to start your Usenet experience with a free trial). While the quality of your Usenet provider is one key consideration, there are many other factors that can affect whether you can take full advantage of Usenet's superiority:
Before beginning speed tests of any kind, we recommend you take the following steps if possible. The purpose of these steps is to eliminate potential sources of speed loss.
You'll never get faster downloads than the maximum speeds offered under your Internet service plan. And some ISPs limit the rates of certain types of downloads. So test these speeds! The following sites offer great generalized testing, using different file types:
Once you know your base download speeds, test your Usenet speeds. Start by running a speed test offered by one of the better Usenet service providers. For example, try the Giganews Speed Test. Then, if you haven't already, sign up for free trials with a Usenet service provider and a compatible newsreader. Play around with both enough to get comfortable with both, and then try downloading large files of all types. Watch the speed reports offered by your chosen reader, and also time the downloads as a backup. If you get rates near your ISP maximum, great. If not, tweak your settings according to your service provider's and newsreader's help resources.
Reverse all of the actions you took in Step 1, and then redo Steps 2 and 3. If your Internet and Usenet download speeds are unaffected, superb. If either slows significantly, you have some idea of what to troubleshoot. Good luck!