Astraweb Review: Everything you need to know in 2022
Astraweb is a popular Usenet Service Provider which been in the business for over 23 years. The company started its operations back in 1997, and it’s known for affordable Usenet Access. The company has a good retention period and some other great features which we will discuss today. In this Astraweb Review, we will tell you everything you need to know about the service in 2022. Let’s get started.
Pricing 7 Plans
Astraweb has been in the business for over two decades, and the company has developed comprehensive plans which are suitable for both new and veteran Usenet Users. In this section, we will provide all the details related to Astraweb Plans
The company offers both regular and block plans which you can pick depending on your requirements.
If you look at the regular plans, you will find the three plans. The major difference between the three regular plans is the duration. The overall features are the same, and you get the following features in all regular plans.
50 Concurrent Connections
Over 4000 Days of Retention Period
Priority Customer Support
The pricing of regular plans is as follows
1 Month Regular Plan will cost you $15 per month.
3 Months Regular Plan will cost you $13 per month.
12 Months Regular Plan will cost you $8 per month.
If you look at the block plans, you get the three plans. Each block comes with its own Data Size, which you can pick depending on your requirement. The company offers the following Block Plans.
Basic – The Basic Block Plan comes with 25 GB of data, and it’s available for $10. In this plan, you don’t get any speed limits and 50 concurrent connections to max your internet bandwidth.
Standard – The Standard Block Plan comes with 180 GB of data, and it’s available for $25. Like the basic plan, it also comes with unlimited speed and 50 concurrent connections.
Premium – The Premium Block Plan comes with 1000 GB of data, and you can get it for $50. The plan comes with all the features you get in basic and standard plans.
No, Astraweb doesn’t come with any free trial option, which means that you will need to get the regular plan to test the service. However, the company offers the 24 hours refund option, which allows you to claim your refund within 24 hours if you are not satisfied with the performance.
Astraweb is one of those Usenet Service Providers which has improved its Retention Period drastically in the last few years. The company offers a retention period of 4000 days which is one of the best in the industry. It’s surely lower than the likes of Newshosting and UsenetServer, but it’s good considering the overall price.
Does Astraweb have a Newsreader?
No, like most Usenet Service Providers, Astraweb doesn’t have its own newsreader, which means that you will need to use the 3rd party newsreaders. The good thing is that Astraweb has detailed guides in the support section, which you can use to set up Astraweb with 3rd party newsreaders such as Grabit, Newsbin Pro, and NZBGet. You can check reviews of these Newsreaders and other popular newsreaders in our Newsreaders Review Section.
NEWS SERVERS / PORTS / CONFIGURATION
The company has its servers both in the US and EU, which you can pick depending on your location for better speed and performance.
If you want to connect with non-SSL Servers, you can use the following ports: 119, 23, 1818, 8080. Here are the Name Servers details.
If you want to connect to European Servers: eu.news.astraweb.com
If you want to connect to US Servers: us.news.astraweb.com
If you want to connect to SSL Servers, you can use the following ports: 443, 563. Here are the Name Servers details.
If you want to connect to European SSL Servers: ssl-eu.news.astraweb.com
If you want to connect to US SSL Servers: ssl-us.news.astraweb.com
Astraweb is known for its variety of payment options, and the company offers the majority of mainstream payment options. Astraweb offers the following options.
Bitcoin – Ideal for Anonymous Payments
Connections & Speed
Astraweb offers a whopping 50 concurrent connections for its users, which are more than enough for all types of Usenet Users, including new Users, veterans, and power users. You can use these 50 connections to max our internet bandwidth easily.
If we look at the speed, Astraweb offers unlimited speed, and we tested the service with our 50 MB/s connection. In our tests, we found an average speed of 48 MB/s which is more than the average of what we get with other Usenet Service Providers. It’s mainly due to the fact that the company has its own servers in the US and Europe, which translates to better speed. We would also recommend you connect to your nearest servers to get better performance and speed.
The overall service of Astraweb is up to modern standards, but unfortunately, we can’t say the same about its Customer Support. The company still users the email-based ticketing system, which is generally pretty slow, and it can take up to 3-5 working days to get the initial response.
The company does have the FAQ Section with a built-in Search engine which you can use to find the answers to frequent questions. The FAQ Section also features the setup and configuration guides which you can use to configure Astraweb with other Usenet Newsreaders.
The overall customer support of Astraweb is average, and they can surely add more Customer Support mediums to enhance the response rate.