Upcoming Features For The Ad-blocking Pi-hole: Back-end

The Pi-hole blocks ads for your entire network and it does so without any attention from you.  I get comments and emails every day of people saying that they like how well it works.  This is nice because since I know that it is operational, I can work on fun, new features.  I prefer to do things this way as there is no point in improving something that is already broken.  So thankfully, the Pi-hole continues to run!

In this post, I will tell you about some back-end improvements and then I will be making a another post about something really fun that I have been working on for the front-end. Continue reading “Upcoming Features For The Ad-blocking Pi-hole: Back-end”

A New, Easy Installation Method For The Ad-blocking Pi-hole

The Pi-hole blocks ads at before they get to your device and can speed up your network at the same time.  It’s now even easier to install (a forked) Pi-hole powered and automated by DietPi–a slimmed down, optimized version of Raspbian.

This burnable SD card image will give you essentially the same Pi-hole created by using the automated installer for Raspbian, but has some benefits/differences that I will explain below.  Before I do that, you probably want to know how to install it. Continue reading “A New, Easy Installation Method For The Ad-blocking Pi-hole”

Announcing Pi-hole.net And An Ad-blocking Operating System

Pi-hole.net has been up for a while but thought I would announce it here.  As of now, information on the Pi-hole is scattered throughout my many blog posts, so having a centralized location should help you find what you need.

From that site, I will provide more professional installation instructions, documentation, and troubleshooting tips, etc.  It is also a better place for newcomers to learn how the Pi-hole works.  From the main page, users will find this short little video that sums it up pretty well. Continue reading “Announcing Pi-hole.net And An Ad-blocking Operating System”

Pi-hole 2.0: Web Interface Dashboard

Similar to how you would log into a router to adjust settings, I want to have a Web interface for the Pi-hole.  You could log in to view stats, update the list of domains, and restart the device.  I made a demo of the interface.

The demo doesn’t do anything–it’s just there for display purposes, so you will see placeholder numbers and stats (although, you can use the donate button if you like what you see ?).  You can view a demo of the interface here, which is based off of AdminLTE. Continue reading “Pi-hole 2.0: Web Interface Dashboard”

Reduce Your Mobile Data Usage By Blocking Hidden Ads

There have recently been posts about how apps are actually downloading tons of ads in the background.  Every time your device downloads an ad, it is using up your limited data as well as making your device slower.  These apps are basically committing ad fraud.

You can prevent this from happening by blocking the requests for these ads before they get to your device.  All you need is a Raspberry Pi-hole.  It works by redirecting the DNS queries for the advertisements. Continue reading “Reduce Your Mobile Data Usage By Blocking Hidden Ads”

Block Millions Of Ads Network-wide With A Raspberry Pi-hole 2.0

Update 2016-04-24 : Please note this guide is now out-date, and it is recommended that you use the automated install to install and update Pi-hole.  

Technically, this guide will still work, but it does not include any of the features and improvements that have been added.  This article will, however, still give you some insight into how the Pi-hole functions.

Continue reading “Block Millions Of Ads Network-wide With A Raspberry Pi-hole 2.0”

Power A Raspberry Pi Without A USB Cable Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

Ditch your mini-USB cable to power your Raspberry Pi.  It’s much nicer to power it using an Ethernet cable.  The nice thing about Power over Ethernet is that you can power your Raspberry Pi in places a USB power cable could not reach.  Maybe you want to mount your Pi on the ceiling or in the garage.  With PoE, you can power the Pi almost anywhere an Ethernet cable can reach (with a maximum distance of 100m). Continue reading “Power A Raspberry Pi Without A USB Cable Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)”