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Pi-hole: extremely good experience

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by stevio99, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:26 PM.

  1. stevio99

    stevio99 TUG Member

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    My latest computer project was adding a "pi-hole" to my network.
    Essentially its a hardware-based ad-blocker. It uses low-cost hardware (raspberry pi, or similar).
    At first, the effect was slightly noticeable, but it didn't blow me away. But I recently spent a few days in a hotel, and its absence was VERY noticeable.

    You can build it using the raspberry pi ($5) and case ($5) from Microcenter (if you have one near you). The problem is the ethernet port. You can buy a low cost usb to ethernet dongle for a couple of bucks, but I went for using the chromecast ethernet adapter ($15) which powered and supported ethernet simultaneously. A bit expensive for that part.

    In retrospect, I would have probably used an Orange Pi Zero. You can get the board and case for $10. Board already has ethernet on it. A Samsung 2A USB power and cable could probably be found on ebay for $4-5.

    If you find ads are getting you down, you might consider this.
     
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    isisdave TUG Member

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    How about a link to some more info about the software, stevio? And does it get rid of ads for all computers on your network, or just one?

    I just use AdBlocker, but I find it annoying to follow a Yahoo link to some obscure website that objects to my use of an ad-blocker. If they don't want to be linked from Yahoo, they could prevent this.
     
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    https://pi-hole.net/

    You set your router's (computer's) DNS to the PI-hole IP address (explained on the website). This routes all traffic on the network (or computer) thru the pi-hole which uses a ad-server database filter to prevent ads.

    There are programs that you can use on rooted cell phones that do much the same thing.
    Seems like a good idea though...looks simple.
     
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