I have just migrated from Connect to Max yesterday... is there any way that I can tell if this has actually been done?

I have just tried these news groups. I tried newshosting.com and use alt.binz as my client.
I have seen that on Max people are getting max speeds but I get a max of 120 kB/s how can I get them to increase? I've used ports 119,3128 & currently 7000.

What is it I am doing wrong or need to change?

I've seen some people use usenet as a newsgroup, is this Premium Usenet and Newsgroup Access: Unrestricted Access, Anonymous, Secure! at $24.95 a month for unlimted downloads with the secure downloads?

Please help as I'm tearing my hair out. Everyone Ive spoken to is so impressed with these download speeds and I'm getting slow speeds

Jez