Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole

Sick of ads when trying to enjoy the Olympics?  Not me.  I have been blocking them since day one!

Pi-hole ad blocker works differently than others because it is a DNS-based ad blocker.  This means ads are blocked before they are downloaded so you can even block ads in apps (like the NBC olympic streaming app). Continue reading “Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole”

Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.

The conundrum: Website content is supported by advertisements, but you don’t want to see them.  But when you block ads, you are costing your favorite sites money.

The solution:  Soon, there will be a way to make everyone happy.  Users can pay a subscription to support both the ad-blockers and the content creators and still not see any advertisements. Continue reading “Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.”

C.H.I.P.’s, Raspberry’s, Bananna’s, and Pi’s, Oh My.

My C.H.I.P. microcomputer just shipped, and as soon as I get it, I am going to try to to turn it into an ad-blocking Pi-hole!  The C.H.I.P. is only $9 and I would like to get it mentioned on their projects page if I can.  I think it could be a cheaper alternative to the Raspberry Pi and just something fun to do in general.  Plus, they also seem to have an affinity for fruit and food.

Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface

Take a look at the picture below for the updated interface on it’s way. The coding is 90% done, but I have some bugs to fix first.  I prefer to make the software stable before adding new features.  If you would like to help, feel free to submit a pull request. Continue reading “Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface”

Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia

The only thing better than blocking advertisements is visualizing them in real time.  There are a few different visualization tools like glTail.rb or goaccess, but my personal favorite is Logstalgia, which is the perfect supplement to the ad-blocking Pi-hole.

The Pi-hole will block ads and also generate a log file for each request.  When a request is made, a “pong ball” gets shot out from the left side of the screen and then the “pong paddle” bounces it back.  When it hits the paddle, it shows the path that was requested by the client and lights up in beautiful colors. Continue reading “Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia”

If You Like The Pi-hole, You Will Like Rolling-your-own DNSthingy (Netbender)

Yes, a DNSthingy (the consumer-facing name is Netbender).  It’s an (ASUS) router running some custom firmware (based on asuswrt-merlin) that does cool stuff using DNS, such as:

  • blocking ads
  • blocking malware, phishing, and tracking
  • virtual relocation for viewing different content via streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora
  • speeding up downloads
  • speeding up general Internet browsing
  • and more…

Continue reading “If You Like The Pi-hole, You Will Like Rolling-your-own DNSthingy (Netbender)”

Need Help With Your Pi-hole?

Since the comments have been getting pretty difficult to track when trying to help people, I have created a FAQ section on pi-hole.net where you can find answers to common questions and even create your own.  I’m happy to answer any questions you have so go ahead and make them there! Continue reading “Need Help With Your Pi-hole?”

New Pi-hole Installation Method And Sneak Peak At Front End Feature

In an effort the make it easier to install the Pi-hole, I have revamped the automated install command (in a separate branch of the project).  It’s not official yet as I am hoping some of you will be willing to test it out before I push/merge the changes. Continue reading “New Pi-hole Installation Method And Sneak Peak At Front End Feature”