I'm trying to install Grabit. It is a program that downloads from the newsgroups. It is asking for the server hostname. I can't find it....help would be appreciated.
The server for our newsgroups (incoming and outgoing) is news.shawcable.net on the default port (119).
Just for kicks:
Mind you, I'm not surprised. I haven't been able to connect to the newsgroups since last July, I think.
1. I'm asked for a password (sometimes). I must not know it (never needed one before)
2. Tried Xnews
3. Tried another one I don't remember
4. Tried/trying "Grabit."
Can you understand how stiflingly frustrating this can be?
I've got an XP VM that I've remoted into from here to test, and I've been able to configure and access news groups through Outlook Express (the most basic you can get) to confirm it's working at the moment on an external connection.
That said, the functionality of Outlook Express is a little limited for the more popular uses for newsgroups/Usenet.
From that error, you're not even getting a response from news.shawcable.net, so I might start looking at a firewall or routing as a possible cause here; port 119 may need to be manually opened. Have you got a software firewall on your machine?
Edit: I just grabbed the latest version of Grabit, used news.shawcable.net with no authentication and it seemed to work for me with no additional configuration. Listed groups and downloaded headers. Can you telnet to news.shawcable.net on 119 (telnet news.shawcable.net 119)?
It should return 'Welcome to Shaw News Service' if it successfully connects. If you see simply 'Welcome', then it's possible this is something we can correct on our side.
You said in an email: "I've seen some issues before with certain clients connecting to our news groups. Since this is a separate topic, let's transition over to this one. . ."
1. I have tried Xnews.
2. I have tried Grabit (I posted the graphic).
3. I used to use Thunderbird until it started asking for a password.
Port 119 (usually configured for NNTP traffic) is working/available (according to Avast).
I think Matt was pointing out that the configuration for newsgroups is very simple and if you can't connect its probably a router/firewall stopping the traffic.
The image above is basically saying you cannot connect to the newsgroup server which could mean the port is blocked or any number of issues in regards to routing/firewalls
have you tried a telnet connection to test? if it fails then something is blocking it.
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