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anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 27, 2018 07:04PM
browsing SD about a Raspberry Pi, I came across the term Pi-hole which I have not seen before. Is anyone here using Pi-hole? how does it work for you? I have an older Raspberry Pi sitting around, maybe this would be a fun and useful project.
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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 27, 2018 07:36PM
Interesting......
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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 27, 2018 08:30PM
....can someone shut their pi-hole.....???



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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 27, 2018 08:47PM
The Wiki link says it blocks advertising and can be used on smart TVs.

Is it blocking incoming ads, outgoing data mined from your TV, or both?




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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: May 27, 2018 08:51PM
The Pi-Hole has been on my to-do list for a while.


It works by being an intermediary to your DNS, blacklisting the domains of known advertisers. It doesn't need to mine data.
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Posted by: billb
Date: May 27, 2018 09:22PM




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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 28, 2018 02:24PM
I've got an old Pi laying around doing nothing. Will give it a try and report back.
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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: michaelb
Date: May 28, 2018 08:37PM
I have a pi too and am also interested. Let us know how it works.
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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 29, 2018 08:47AM
.....would this work on humble Pi.....??



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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 29, 2018 12:57PM
Well, I *thought* I'd have it done quickly, but it turned out to take all afternoon to get a download of Raspian. Kept failing to complete on multiple computers. I hate when that happens.

But it finally came through, so I'll do the configuration and hook it up (hopefully) tonight.
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Re: anyone using a "Pi-hole" (network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application)
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 29, 2018 06:39PM
So I got the Pi loaded and configured this afternoon. This is as basic a system as you can get, an original Model B Pi (the one with an Ethernet port) running Raspbian Lite on a 4GB memory card. No GUIs.

(We pause now to salute Macintosh System 6 and its predecessors, which could boot and run from a single floppy disc. Yes, there were Mac ROMs on the board, shut up. Nobody likes a smart-ass. Where was I?)

Ah yes, the Pi. Not too difficult to set up, although more complex that this page lets on. You do have to give the Pi a static IP address on your network, which isn't addressed here:

[pi-hole.net]

Not difficult if you're at all familiar with *nix, just a matter of changing a couple of lines in an IP config file to match your network settings (if you aren't cognizant on IP addresses and name servers, and/or don't know how to look up yours on your router, I wouldn't bother with this hack, BTW).

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Once everything was hooked up, and I'd changed my Airport router to go to the Pi's IP address for its DNS server, I rebooted the Pi, plugged it into an Ethernet switch (which can be anywhere on your network) and shoved it into the corner where it will presumably stay for years.

Sure enough, big, annoying advertisements instantly vanished from ad-heavy sites. I thought there was a little latency in the first few pages I loaded, but that appears to have more or less gone away after about an hour of use.

So in short: it's a bit more complex to set up than advertised, but not too daunting if you (like me) have a minimal *nix skill set and know your way around basic router settings. Good use of a Pi and memory card that were otherwise just gathering dust.

I'll keep using it for a while and report back later.
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