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    "Limitations are minor!!!"

    October 17, 2009  |   By Jim Harmon

    Pros

    Very fast! The chances are that it will tax your internet connection to its limits. Once configured, you can have up to 32 simultaneous connections to your server... IF your server allows that many.

    Cons

    The default connection per server is 3. This may not be the optimum setting, depending on your server. In its defense though, there are probably many servers out there that don't allow more than 3 connections.

    Summary

    The reason the previously mentioned limitation is minor is because there are free websites to do the searching on - binsearch DOT com being one common one. It will search for the desired file and can even create an NZB if the poster didn't go through the process of creating one.

    The means to increase the number of simultaneous connections is simple, but I had to Google to find out how it's done:

    1) Right click on the server's name (often called "default server")
    2) Select Server Properties
    3) Set "Maximum allowed connections" as desired.

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    Bottom line: If you want completely free files and have a Usenet account, all you need is Grabit and the Binsearch website.

    Updated on Oct 17, 2009

    Oh, yeah... I found it somewhat annoying that by default Grabit automatically repairs the files if PARs are available, extracts them if they were compressed and deletes the files downloaded if the repair and extract are successful. Why am I annoyed? The problem is that if I'm downloading more than one NZB, it'll take up processor time and slow down the download. Fortunately it is possible to disable this in numerous ways via the impressive variety of options available through the Edit | Preferences menu.

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  • Reply by ipmccauley on December 7, 2009

    Thank you for the concise review. It was helpful for me in both determining if this was the right Usenet reader for me and what its capabilities were. Well said.

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