Astraweb Review

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2019

Astraweb Review
Rating 3 Stars
Price $8.00 / Month
Retention 3000 Days
Free Trial 24 Hours
Features Free SSL
US and EU Servers
Complete Headers

Astraweb is a well-known USENET provider that offers quite a few attractive features. With Astraweb, you can get low-cost unlimited accounts, as well as block accounts, and you have the option of paying via Bitcoin.

  • Unlimited and Block Accounts – a variety of various plans.
  • Reduced Prices for Longer Terms of Service
  • Accepts Bitcoin, iDeal, Major Credit cards – other payment options available
  • 24-Hour Support
  • SSL (Privacy Protection)
  • Runs Own Servers

Binary Retention

Astraweb current has 3000 days of retention for binaries.

Pricing

Astraweb has a mix of unlimited and block accounts to choose from. Standard accounts are limited to 10 Mbit per second. DSL accounts feature unlimited download speed and quantities. Block access plans have no limits on speed.

NamePriceDownload LimitsConnections
Unlimited 10 Mbit/s   $10/month   Unlimited   20  
Unlimited 10Mbit/s   $20/3 months   Unlimited   20  
Unlimited DSL   $15/month   Unlimited   20  
Unlimited DSL   $39/3 months   Unlimited   20  
25 GB   $10   25 GB   20  
180 GB   $25   180 GB   20  
1,000 GB   $50   1,000 GB   20  

Free Trial info

There is 24 hour free trial available from Astraweb but you will need to contact them via email to ask for this.

Special Offers / Coupons

Check out the time limited special offers for UsenetReviewz visitors at $15 for two months special,  $11 month / time limited special or $96 year time limited special if you are looking to get a good deal. Bookmark our website and/or signup to our mailing list to stay informed about discounted pricing.

Speed Test

Astraweb is fast. While their standard accounts are limited to 10 Mbit/s, their unlimited and block accounts have no speed thresholds. Most users should easily max out their broadband connection speeds using this provider.

Connections

Astraweb gives all users twenty connections. Most users will not need this many connections, but it’s always good to have extra if your setup can handle it.

News Servers / Ports / Configuration

General Servers (Non SSL) on ports 119, 23, 1818 or 8080:

  • news.astraweb.com
  • eu.news.astraweb.com (European servers)
  • us.news.astraweb.com (U.S. servers)

Secure Servers (SSL) on ports 443 or 563.

  • ssl.astraweb.com
  • ssl-eu.astraweb.com (European servers)
  • ssl-us.astraweb.com (U.S. servers)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is 10 Mbit/second fast enough?
A: For people who have very fast Internet connections, probably not. Most users, however, will likely find 10 Mbit/sec to be plenty of speed. If you’re not sure, you can buy a low-cost block access package and see how fast you can download off of USENET. If you get better speed than 10 Mbit/sec, get a DSL subscription or stick with block access; either offers unlimited speed.

Q: Why would I pay for USENET access with Bitcoin?
A: Some nations are restrictive in terms of what information people are allowed to access online. Bitcoin provides an easy, anonymous option for getting USENET access for such customers. Some customers simply prefer Bitcoin because it is almost completely anonymous, and that layer of security is desirable for such users.

Q: What does it mean when providers say they operate their own servers?
A: Some USENET providers are resellers, meaning that their service gets its USENET servers from another provider. In many cases, whether or not a USENET service operates its own servers will have no bearing on the end-user experience. However, companies that operate their own servers obviously have more control over them and, for some users, it’s the only type of company they’re willing to work with. It’s not really a strike against any company if they don’t have their own servers but, at the same time, companies that do have an edge, in some regards.

Q: I see this company has headquarters in Singapore. Is their English-language tech support good?
A: Yes, Astraweb has good tech support and English speakers will find themselves entirely accommodated by this company.

Q: Is a ticketing system good for support?
A: The answer to this question depends upon the company. As far as Astraweb is concerned, they’re responsive and do a great job of attending to their tickets. Ticket systems are not as fast as live chat, of course, but they can be nearly as fast when you’re working with a good company. Telephone support may be faster, in some cases, but may also involve more time on hold and ticket systems and live chat can actually be faster than phone support in the end.

Q: Does this provider offer a newsreader?
A: No, Astraweb does not offer a newsreader. Many of our top providers do, however. With Astraweb, you can use most any newsreader and downloading app you want, but you’ll have to bring your own.

Q: Is there a security advantage to picking a company located outside my home nation?
A: That depends upon the privacy laws in your nation but there very well might be. Some USENET users prefer to get access outside their own nation so that their USENET records are subject to the laws in a nation that may have better privacy protection than their own. Astraweb says that they do not log user activity at all and, in such cases, there would be no user logs for anyone to check, anyway.

Q: Is the SSL connection really secure?
A: SSL provides excellent security. It only protects your USENET usage, however, so keep in mind that, if you want security for all your Internet usage, you’ll need to look to a solution like a VPN. Some of our top providers—Newshosting and NewsDemon, for example—offer discounted VPN services with their USENET products.

## Support

Astraweb has a ticketing system on their website where you can submit issues directly to support. Support is available around the clock and response times are good with this provider. In addition to the ticketing system, Astraweb has a very detailed FAQ and knowledgebase section you can use to research answers to your questions.

Contact Information

Searchtech Limited
16-20 UOB Plaza 2
80 Raffles Place
Singapore 048624
Submit help ticket: http://helpdesk.astraweb.com

Security /Company Privacy Policy

Astraweb says that they do not log user activity. They do log server performance information but, according to the company, this information is completely anonymous.

Payment Options

Astraweb takes major credit cards, iDeal, Sofort and Bitcoin for payment. You can pay for block, monthly or tri-monthly subscriptions.

Our Opinion

Astraweb is a solid USENET provider, particularly for those who need block accounts. The company has been in business since the late 1990s, so they aren’t among the companies that come and go quickly. They’ve been around for a long time and appear to be here to stay.

Astraweb’s block access accounts are particularly good deals for those who don’t consistently download off of USENET, but who need access now and then. The 1,000 GB block is a particularly good deal. For many users, this will cover their usage for an entire year. That translates to USENET access with unlimited speed for less than $5 per month, if you manage to stretch out the allotment for twelve months.

Astraweb also offers competitive subscription programs. The $10 per month Unlimited plan, despite it being limited to 10 Mbit/sec, might be enough speed for many users and the price is certainly good.

Astraweb doesn’t stand out as the very best provider for subscription USENET access but, for block access, they are definitely among the top providers in the business.

Altenatives To Astraweb

Name Price Info
Newshosting $8.33 Best Price / Free Newsreader
UsenetServer $7.95 NZB Search / Fast Speeds
Eweka €7,50 Best EU Provider / Lifetime Discount
Easynews $9.98 Easy Web App / File Previews
TweakNews €7,50 Free Newsreader / Free VPN
PureUSENET €6.63 Good EU Provider / Free SSL
XLned €7.39 Fast Speeds / EU Servers

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