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Eweka review

Fast speeds from a no-frills EU Usenet provider

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Our Verdict

Eweka is fast, cheap, and comes with a great Usenet client. But its relatively low completion rate may give buyers a reason to choose another service as their primary Usenet provider.

For

  • Unlimited data on all plans
  • Outstanding speeds
  • Full-featured bundled Usenet client

Against

  • Only a 99.5% completion rate
  • No bundled VPN
  • Limited documentation and support

Eweka (opens in new tab) is a Netherlands-based Usenet (opens in new tab) provider with servers in Holland and Germany. With a monthly plan from Eweka, you gain access to virtually all the content that’s been uploaded to Usenet over the past 13 years. In our Eweka review, we evaluate its pricing, features, and performance to decide whether it deserves to be considered one of the best Usenet providers (opens in new tab).

Usenet may have been all but forgotten as an online discussion channel, but it’s still popular for sharing files because of its fast speeds and high retention (how long files are kept before being removed from servers). Eweka is an inexpensive, no-frills Usenet provider that gets you access to this archive.

Eweka: Plans and pricing

Eweka has two prepaid pricing plans and one subscription plan. With the prepaid plans, you can buy one month, three months, six months, or 12 months in advance.

The subscription plan is virtually the same as the prepaid plans in features and pricing unless you choose to subscribe for 12 months. Then, you get a significant discount on pricing (around 27%), unlimited speed, and more concurrent connections. The subscription plan also has a seven-day free trial.

Compared to most Usenet providers, then, Eweka is on the cheaper end of the scale, particularly when you consider that all plans include unlimited data.

Eweka's pricing plans
Prepaid StandardPrepaid High-SpeedSubscription High-Speed
Price per month$8.42$10.78$7.86*
Speed200Mbps300MbpsUnlimited*
DownloadsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Connections202050*
SSL

*When you choose a 12-month plan

Eweka: Features

A good Usenet provider will keep the files shared on Usenet for long enough that you’re able to grab them. The number of days a Usenet provider stores files after they’ve been uploaded is known as the binary retention. Eweka is a provider with an extended retention of 4,909 days (and growing). This means files are archived for over 13.4 years on Eweka’s servers, an impressive length of time.

However, Eweka has a middling completion rate of 99.5%. Completion rate refers to the percentage of Usenet binary files parts stored on a server. A 99.5% completion rate suggests that around one in 200 file parts are missing from Eweka, so sometimes you won’t be able to download all the parts of the files you need. In such cases, a secondary backfill Usenet provider will be required.

All Eweka plans include an unlimited amount of data. Even the cheapest plan only limits the speed to 200Mbps. For most users, the speeds Eweka offers should be enough to use all their available download bandwidth.

We downloaded an open-source movie file at an average of 153.4Mbps. This essentially maxed out all the available bandwidth on our office connection and shows you can get fast speeds when downloading from Eweka.

Eweka: Key features and highlights

You’re free to use any Usenet client you want with Eweka, such as popular options SABnzbd (opens in new tab) or NZBGet (opens in new tab).  But Eweka comes bundled with NewsLazer (opens in new tab), a native client for Windows, Mac, or Linux. 

The same software is also available when you sign up with TweakNews (opens in new tab), though it’s under a different name. While we like this Usenet client, it’s worth noting that, unlike most Usenet providers, Eweka doesn’t offer any bundled VPN software. So, if you want your ISP to be in the dark about the servers you connect to and the files you’re downloading, you may want to choose from one of the best VPN services (opens in new tab).

Eweka: Interface and in-use

Screenshot of searching for an open-source movie using NewsLazer

You can see video previews of open-source movies by hovering over them in the NewsLazer search results (Image credit: NewsLazer)

If you do choose to use NewsLazer as your Usenet client, you’ll find it’s a fast, user-friendly native client with excellent search features. Search results can be filtered into video, audio, audiobooks, ISOs, software, and images, and you can check the contents of video files by hovering over them to see a screen capture.

NewsLazer has some other useful features like NZB import, automatic searches, and SafeSearch filtering. You can easily set up backup NNPT servers for when files aren’t complete on Eweka, but Eweka will always remain the primary Usenet provider for downloading files.

Eweka: Support

Screenshot of the Eweka status page

Eweka has a service status page that lists any ongoing issues (Image credit: Eweka)

Eweka's support is minimal. There’s a service status page, a single FAQ page (which is out of date), and a contact form. 

According to the Eweka website, the helpdesk is open from 9:30 am-5:00 pm CET each day, but support is only available via the technical support form, and replies will take up to three days. However, Usenet providers typically take five days or longer to respond to queries, so Eweka’s three-day turnaround should be considered reasonably quick.

Alternatives to Eweka

Eweka is owned by Omicron Media, which also operates Newshosting (opens in new tab) and UsenetServer (opens in new tab)

Though the services are similar, both Newshosting and UsenetServer operate on a different Usenet backbone and have better completion than Eweka. This means you’re less likely to be frustrated by missing files if you choose one of these providers instead of Eweka. On the other hand, Eweka is cheaper and was faster overall in our extended speed tests. 

Giganews (opens in new tab) is another top provider with fast speeds and competitive pricing, especially if you opt for a 12-month subscription. You get a VyprVPN (opens in new tab) subscription thrown in too, so your activities on Usenet will be hidden from your ISP. However, Giganews’ binary retention rate doesn’t match Eweka’s excellent rate.

Eweka: Final verdict

Eweka’s fast speeds, long retention rates, and relatively low pricing make it a good choice for users looking for an unlimited Usenet subscription plan. 

With no bundled VPN or browser-based Usenet search, it’s a bare-bones service, and we have concerns about the 99.5% completion rate, since many files can’t be downloaded in their entirety. 

But Eweka does come with a great native Usenet client, and it’s easy to add a backup pay-as-you-go provider for any file parts not found on Eweka.


Further reading on Usenet

Want to learn more? We've outlined what Usenet groups are (opens in new tab) and what Usenet newsgroups (opens in new tab) cover; what Google Groups is (opens in new tab) and how you can access Usenet with it; the best Usenet newsgroup readers (opens in new tab); and how to download from Usenet (opens in new tab), as well as how to access Usenet for free (opens in new tab).

The Verdict
3.25

out of 5

Eweka review

Eweka is fast, cheap, and comes with a great Usenet client. But its relatively low completion rate may give buyers a reason to choose another service as their primary Usenet provider.

Richard brings over 20 years of website development, SEO, and marketing to the table. A graduate in Computer Science, Richard has lectured in Java programming, and has built software for companies including Samsung and ASDA. Now, he writes for TechRadar, Tom's Guide, PC Gamer, and Creative Bloq.