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03-19-2019 06:36 PM
splangie
Quote: Originally Posted by xJumper View Post
Is there something piHole and all the other hardware solutions offer that I am missing?

The Pi-Hole cleans up the queries before they go out so there is far less garbage returning. Do the browser ad blockers stop the queries out bound or clean up the returning data? It is blocking all sorts of outbound queries to sites on the blocked list from the Rokus and Smart TV as well. All devices that send any query out the router get scrubbed.
03-19-2019 01:30 PM
xJumper I never really understood the point of pihole and other localized ad blocking solutions, it seems like a backwards way of blocking ads to me. Am I missing something here?

piHole and all similar hardware solutions is basically a new spin on an old concept of blocking through hosts files and re-directing to the local host or somewhere else favorable. Why would I want to block at the router level or the OS level when I can block straight at the browser and only at the browser. It's easier to manage/activate/deactivate/modify and it's all compartmentalized into the browser.

If ads/ad serving domains have their hooks into my system then I've already lost the game. The only advantage I see to the pihole/local hosts method of ad-blocking is on things like mobile where peoples phones are filled with ad-serving applications hard installed into the system, at which point hacking the OS resolving system and making the ad serving domains resolve to local host allows the use of the app without ads/malware. But like I said, that already breaks rules #1 of security, ads shouldn't be on your system to begin with. They should be contained in the small window you have to the world called your internet browser and you block the ads there.

Even on my mobile I block all ads through uBlock and a giant hosts file with it. I have Adaway and a local host entry on my phone just in case I mistakenly install an adware app but so far it's been useless since I don't install any applications that have any adware on them. On the desktop it seems irrelevant if you use ad-block on the browser and configure your firewall properly.

Is there something piHole and all the other hardware solutions offer that I am missing?
03-19-2019 10:16 AM
xxicrimsonixx Using Brave Browser... Working great so far!
03-18-2019 09:03 PM
splangie Here are the last 24 hours through the Hole. I have it set as the DHCP server now so all queries go through it automagically and get recorded. 20 bucks for a Pi, plus 5 for ps and 10 for an sd. Hook it to your LAN and a few clicks later you could be done. Incredible.
02-07-2019 08:05 PM
splangie
Quote: Originally Posted by doritos93 View Post
Truly beautiful. Quantifies all the time and resources stolen from me by the scumsuckers developing today's web

Took literally 30 mins to set up.

Glad to see you are taking advantage. It makes perusing a lot easier.
02-06-2019 03:34 PM
splangie
Quote: Originally Posted by doritos93 View Post
https://blog.cryptoaustralia.org.au/...ng-up-pi-hole/

Here's this and start a thread if you need a hand

That is a good article and should cover it for most. I do recommend using etcher, but you should NOT under power your Pi. Use a 2A ps not a 1.
02-06-2019 02:56 PM
doritos93
Quote: Originally Posted by TK421 View Post
Is there a newbie guide to set pi hole up?


I have zero knowledge on how to do it.
https://blog.cryptoaustralia.org.au/...ng-up-pi-hole/

Here's this and start a thread if you need a hand
02-06-2019 02:26 PM
splangie
Quote: Originally Posted by TK421 View Post
The github page doesn't tell a whole lot.


I have no experience with linux either... Is it possible to run on an old windows machine?


If you are at all familiar with using powershell and or scripting anything you will be fine, even if not you will probably be ok. And setting Pi Hole in it's simplest config is really straight forward. Give it a try. I do not think you will regret it.


Don't be scared of Linux. It is just another OS, simpleton stuff. Look who is running the world.
02-06-2019 01:31 PM
splangie
Quote: Originally Posted by TK421 View Post
The github page doesn't tell a whole lot.

I have no experience with linux either... Is it possible to run on an old windows machine?

Here are the prereqs - https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prereq...rating-systems



You can run it on almost anything but the os has to be -
  • Raspbian: Jessie / Stretch
  • Ubuntu: 16.04 / 16.10
  • Fedora: 27 / 28
  • Debian: 8 / 9
  • CentOS: 7 (not ARM)
You could try getting virtualbox going and then a virtual instance running one of those, give it a static ip and then set a pc to use that IP as the primary DNS server address. You can then start watching it happen. After testing you can set all your wifi and hardwired IPV4 and 6 for your stuff to that or you can setup DHCP at router so you don't have to make any changes to workstations/gamestations/phones/tvs etc... I have also setup a secondary RPi 1 dns server. That way I can unplug or disconnect either one and there is no interrupt. The advantage to setting DNS server address at PC is that if Pi Hole fails (haven't seen it happen yet) you would just need to reset to Obtain DNS address automagically. Otherwise you will have to make change at router, but that change would cover everything on network and you wouldn't have to change each back if there is a problem. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The secondary DNS Pi Hole pretty much eliminates that though. The new RPi 3 B+ is 29.00 at Microcenter.
02-06-2019 12:35 PM
TK421
Quote: Originally Posted by splangie View Post
Take look here - https://pi-hole.net/. I am running it on a Raspberry Pi 1 B.
The github page doesn't tell a whole lot.


I have no experience with linux either... Is it possible to run on an old windows machine?
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