Re: Pi-hole Ad Blocker
- Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 14:54:14 -0400
- From: Caver1 <caver1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Pi-hole Ad Blocker
On 05/15/2018 02:27 PM, Sailfish wrote:
Most ad blockers have to be installed on individual devices and work
only in web browsers, but Pi-hole blocks ads across an entire network,
including in most apps. (Two big exceptions, both for technical reasons,
are YouTube and Hulu.) It can’t block ads inside Facebook, but it can
stop Facebook from following you around the web. It’ll let you play
Bejeweled without seeing ads between games, watch Mr. Robot ad-free in
the USA app, stream NPR with silence in place of the sponsor messages,
and avoid the banner ads that have become common on internet-connected
TVs. If friends come over and connect to your Wi-Fi, it’ll block ads for
Anyone use this and, if so, how useful did you find it? Specifically, it
appears that it suggests using a dedicated Linux-based processor, e.g.,
Raspberry-Pi and then configuring one's router to use it's IP address as
the DHCP DNS server. Then, using a site blacklist, it simply exchanges
blacklisted sites IP addresses with its null one; essentially, never
downloading the blacklisted site data at all.
Q1. Does using it as a DNS server slow down the internet internet data
Q2. How much maintenance is involved in keeping it working reliably?
Q3. How does this compare to using a hosts file blocklist like
I haven't used Pi-hole but have used No Track which is similar.
1. I haven't noticed any slowdown with No Track
2. Not much as you have a web interface to update No track with.
It uses the same list as uBlock Origin.
3.It blocks all adds for the network plus blocks tracking.
I use an old computer to act as a server for No Track. No need to mess
with each computer on the network. Including phones, tablets.
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