Spotnet for easy downloading

Spotnet makes it very easy to download files from newsgroups. With Spotnet you can search and download anything from Usenet newsgroups. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make use of all the great functions and features that Spotnet offers. The best thing about this Usenet search and download program, it is free of charge.

Spotnet, what is it?

Spotnet makes downloading easy. Unlike regular NZB search engines, Spotnet comes with a very easy to use visual interface.

It’s easy to search for movies and TV-shows, music, apps, ebooks, and other multimedia files.

People that never downloaded from Usenet newsgroups, should start with Spotnet. It’s the easiest way to get the best out of newsgroups in the blink of an eye.

If your a fan of extensions like Coutchpatato, Sonarr, and Radar, Spotnet is not for you. It does not support any automated download extensions and apps.

The name Spotnet comes from users spotting binary files, in most cases multimedia. Spotters submit a spot to Spotnet in an organized way. This makes it easy for users to search and download these files.

Much easier than any NZB search engine

spotnet spotsUnlike NZB search engines, Spotnet has a very simple interface. Spots contain a lot of information, like images, thumbnails, and in most cases comments of other downloaders. If a spots quality isn’t what it should be, people will comment about it in the comment section below the spot.

All spots are organized in categories, format, genre, quality and the age of a spot. All these options are not available when one is using an NZB search engine. With Spotnet, you always know what your downloading. And if a spot contains a password, it is shown on the page of the spot. Filters make it easy to search very specifically. You can set a filter to search for movies, in the DIVX format, in a certain genre, posted during the last 12 hours.

Great Quality Spots

Most spotters on Spotnet are release groups that post of spot files on a regular basis. They hardly ever upload bad quality content. Spotters all have a nickname. If you don’t like the content someone is uploading, you can blacklist the nickname and never see his or her spots ever again.

Spotnet tutorial

In this tutorial, we will show you step by step how to install Spotnet. First, you need to download the program. You can download it here. Once you have downloaded the program you can start the installation.

payserver loginsYou need to enter your Usenet providers logins. If you don’t have a Usenet provider, try Easynews. This provider offers a great free Usenet trail.

When you subscribe for a payserver trial, the Usenet provider will send you a hostname, a username and a password. You need to enter this data in the Spotnet installation startup screen. Once you entered this data, the program will start to search for spots and headers.

It might take a very long time before all spots are downloaded. This has to do with your payserver. If you have a payserver with high retention that has access to many newsgroups, the number of spots will be enormous.

After installation

change menu languageAs you must have noticed, Spotnet isn’t English. It’s a Dutch program.

But you can easily set the language to English. See the image on the left to change the language in the menu to English.

Click on the right side of the filters menu.

Then a roll down menu will pop up. Pick “Simple EN” or “Advanced EN” for English.
The program will need to restart for the language changes to take place. When the program starts again, it will be English.

Changing the interface to English
Now the menu is English, but the interfac is not.

Go to the top left menu that says ‘Bewerken’ and choose ‘Taal’. Then select English.

Pick English from the menu and the interface will become English. You might have to restart the program.

Changing the default downloadfolder

If you wish to change the downloadfolder, go to the upper menu. Select Settings and then Downloadfolder. You can then browse to any place on your computer or an external device to select it as your new default downloadfolder.

Fist time running Spotnet

When you first open Spotnet you need to enter your payserver data. After that, Spotnet will start to download headers, spots, comments. This might take a while. It’s a good idea to let the dog out, go to work or on a short vacation. It might take Spotnet hours to download all spots. You will only see the spots your payserver can find. So, the better your payserver is, the more you can download.

Using filters and searching for files

On the left side you can see a menu. If you select Movies, then you can select 3D movies. In the Add filter menu, you can specify your search. If you want to download a 3D movie, the Add filter menu allows you to select a source, like retail, a language, a genre and a format. Spotnet will then only search for 3D movies, retail, in a genre and a format. This is a great way to search very specifically for a spot.

You can also keep it simple and use the search box on the upper-left side. But, Spotnet will most likely show a gigantic list of spots, in all kinds of genres, formats, and topics.

Downloading with Spotnet

downloading spotnetOnce you found a spot you would like to download, you need to click on it in the list of spots. A new tab will open. Check if the spot is really what you are looking for. If you want to download the spot, go to the upper-right corner. You will see several icons. Press on the blue arrow to start downloading.

After pressing the blue download arrow, Spotnet will begin to download your spot. Once Spotnet has finished the download you will find it in your downloads folder.

Spots not downloading

A normal payserver has a retention of at least 2000+ days. If you try to download a file that was uploaded 2500 days ago, you will not be able to download it. In this case, it’s a good idea to try another payserver. Spotnet is Dutch and works very well with a Dutch Usenet provider, Eweka. You can also try a US payserver. Newshosting and UsenetServer have a great payserver retention that is nearly 4000 days. They offer free Usenet trails, so you can try them for free.