1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Plusnet NNTP problems

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by [TW]Fox, 27 Mar 2006.

  1. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,117

    Hey all,

    I use Usenet a lot. For its original intended purpose - text groups.

    Unfortunately, this last week, it's been so slow it's unusable. I've tried both Plusnets own server, and I've also signed up for an account with a third party supplier, and still it's ridiculously slow. We are talking 10 minutes+ to download 500 headers in uk.railway.

    Any ideas what is going on here?
     
  2. sja360

    Mobster

    Joined: 28 Jul 2003

    Posts: 3,939

    Location: Dundee

    isnt there a limit as to how much you can download from the nntp servers? and also what speed? (e.g. 512kb even if you have 1mbp/2mbp)
     
  3. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,117

    I'm on 512k but download limits are very unlikely to affect me - each Usenet article is only 1-2kb!

    It works, its just VERY slow even if I use an external server.
     
  4. Baron_Samedi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,691

    For what its worth, I also use the plusnet newsgroups but (fingers crossed) have seen no noticeable slow downs or connectivity problems lately.

    Now the e-mail server on the other hand....
     
  5. Desmo

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,597

    Location: Chillin' on the Boat

    Aren't plusnet getting rid of the news servers now?
     
  6. Nathan

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 4,648

    Location: West Midlands

    Plusnet are only getting rid of binary.

    Which servers are you trying?
    Are you on premier?
    Whats this months usage?
     
  7. OllyM

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,218

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    It's probably Plusnet throttling you :(

    Especially if it's happening with their own Usenet servers and an external provider...
     
  8. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,117

    Why are they doing this and how can I sort it?

    Why on earth is text usenet being throttled even if I use another provider, if I view 2000 messages I'll only download 2mb :confused:
     
  9. me227

    Soldato

    Joined: 30 Sep 2004

    Posts: 5,387

    Location: Belfast/Edinburgh

    It would be because it would be coming up on your connection as traffic from Usenet, so it's throttled anyway.

    Binary or text it will still get delivered to you in the same way.
     
  10. benjo plz.

    Capodecina

    Joined: 15 Jan 2004

    Posts: 14,208

    Location: Hall

    Nuff said above tbh, only way to sort it out is to switch ISP (well probably).
     
  11. Vertigo1

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

    Posts: 15,380

    Maybe you could test for throttling by getting a friend to put up a temporary FTP server on port 119 rather than 21 and seeing what speeds you get downloading from it compared to if it was on port 21.

    Granted the speed would be limited by their upstream connection but if you're only getting a fraction of that then it's a fair bet that Plusnet are throttling NNTP connections.
     
  12. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,117

    So are Plusnet throttling ALL NNTP connections to a speed so low its unusable, then?

    If so, why do they even provide a usenet text feed if nobody can use it?
     
  13. OllyM

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,218

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    Because they're a shabby ISP now.

    I'd seriously recommend taking a look at the market with a view to migrating out - there are much much better deals around now where you can actually use your connection how you want to.