Use these Usenet tools to see how Usenet and news servers work.
If you are interested in digging a little deeper into how Usenet works, you may find these tools interesting.
- Usenet traceroute
- Usenet speed tests
Keep reading to find out what they are and how to use them.
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Usenet Tools: Traceroute
According to Wikipedia, traceroute 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 - 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:
Usenet Tools: Speed Test
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 a lot of things that can come into play in determining your Usenet speeds.
Although there aren't too many Usenet tools available, the ones you have are pretty cool.
If you want some more tips on using them, see these posts on Reddit and a personal blog.
Any tools we missed? Let us know in the comments below.