Using Ctunnel with Your
Cotse.Net's news server is only available through the web
interface. You can read and post to usenet through the
interface using aliases that you create, and such posts will
not show your true Cotse.Net username, but they will show a
Cotse.Net message ID. You can also use remailers to post to
usenet via the web interface.
For those who wish to use their own favorite usenet
client, you will need to use another news server. To
increase your privacy and anonymity, you can use Cotse.Net's
ctunnel proxy to read and post to that server.
You'll need to download the version of connect-tunnel for
- For different flavors of linux, freebsd, etc, go here
and build accordingly: http://search.cpan.org/dist/connect-tunnel/connect-tunnel
- For Windows (most versions have been tested to work
with this version) download ctunnel.zip.
Unzip the file to any folder of your choice.
- Edit the config.txt file and configure your
newsreader client, as described below
Editing the config.txt
Configure Your Newsreader
- Open the config.txt file in Notepad or your favorite
- Edit the proxy-authentication line user:password area
to match your Cotse.Net username and password
- Edit the tunnel= line to insert the name of your
usenet server.* An example of how to
setup the server is listed in the config.txt file.
Something like 119:news.supernews.com:119 will work. This
means your local machine will listen on port 119 and
forward any incoming requests to news.supernews.com on
port 119. Only your local machine can send this data as
ctunnel only listens on 127.0.0.1 (your machine) for
input from your machine
- Save config.txt
- Configure your newsreader client (see right
Note: You must have a third party
usenet server to use this proxy. Many third party usenet
servers are available for purchase by different vendors or
you may want to try a "free" usenet server.
- Set up your usenet client to connect to 127.0.0.1
port 119 using a proper username and password as given by
your usenet provider -- not your Cotse username/password.
** The 127.0.0.1 is entered where
the name of your news server would go
- The username and password are optional and only
should be used if given to you by your usenet provider
(not Cotse). This information will be passed to your
third party usenet server for authentication.
Note: Forte Agent uses port 119 by
default so if you're using Forte Agent, you don't need to
- Open your newsreader client
- Double-click ctunnel.exe or your shortcut to it
- Download new groups, download headers -- whatever you
want to do with your desktop usenet client. If everything
is going well, your usenet client should work seamlessly
with our proxy.
If you find this "How To" in error or you have
difficulties with the instructions, please email
For added privacy, if you would like to set up a Secure
SSL tunnel to connect from your machine to the Cotse NNTP
Proxy, please see our NNTP,
Ctunnel & Stunnel guide.