Usenet Tools: Traceroute and Speed Tests

Use these Usenet tools to see how Usenet and news servers work. 

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These Usenet tools let you do some pretty cool tests.

If you are interested in digging a little deeper into how Usenet works, you may find these tools interesting.

  • Usenet traceroute tools 
  • Usenet speed tools 

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Usenet Traceroute

According to Wikipedia, traceroute in a computing context is a, "computer network diagnostic command for displaying the route (path) and measuring transit delays of packets across an Internet Protocol (IP) network".

A traceroute tool for Usenet - also sometimes known as a reverse traceroute - does exactly what the name suggests: it traces the route taken by packets to a Usenet news server.

You can sometimes use traceroute results to help identify any network slowdowns. 

How to Interpret Traceroute Results?

Run a traceroute and pay attention to the time between the "hops". Ideally, you should see a small, consistent increase, but nothing higher than 300 milliseconds.

Click on the buttons below to see the traceroute results for the following Usenet providers:

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Speed Tools

These Usenet speed tools will give you an indication of the connection speeds you might experience connecting to these news servers.

But keep in mind that there are many things come into play to determine your Usenet speeds

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Sample results for Usenet.Farm using a Usenet speed tool.

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Although they are not too many Usenet tools available, the ones you can use are pretty cool.

If you want to explore these tools a little more, see these posts on Reddit and a personal blog.

If you know about any other Usenet tools we can add to these resources, please let us know in the comments below. 

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