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Pi-hole - Network wide Ad blocking

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#21
I've seen a few folks lately mention that their default pi hole config was blocking [SIZE=11pt]clientconfig.passport.net, which was preventing their Xbox Live signin from working[/SIZE]
It could be, its real easy to white list addresses though. I think I did one once for Spotify. I have noticed Microsoft using some sort of "safelinks.protection" with their email now. Everyone should be running Pi-hole. It's basically a garbage collector for all the nasty stuff incoming and outgoing on your network. If you have smart tv and devices on your internal network you would even be surprised how much stuff tries to call home. I can't imagine not using one on my network. Plus you have no need for ad-blockers anymore etc. Look into it for how cheap and easy they are to build and put together (plus fun as well).
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#24
Apparently you don't have to whitelist Spotify. There was a problem with the list. All you had to do was a manual update of the lists and it fixes the problem.
 

Davidc

Caulk Sucker
#25
I think I'm gonna have to get one of these. You've detailed alot of interesting things about this device Nodle. It reminds me of Linux Squid but, it doesn't tie up a machine. Pretty cool.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#26
I think I'm gonna have to get one of these. You've detailed alot of interesting things about this device Nodle. It reminds me of Linux Squid but, it doesn't tie up a machine. Pretty cool.
I would first thing, they are dirt cheap, there are so many things you can do with them as well besides pi-hole. I have another brand new one sitting right here. Some examples:

But if anything get pi-hole on your network. You will be surprised how much junk is trying to call home and just track you. From your TVs,refrigerator, dishwasher etc. But mainly it removes all those ads all over the internet and makes your interent faster since it doesn't have to download and render them all. Pus with all the recent bitcoin mining scripts all over websites, its a whole new world out there.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#28
Canakits are good that is what I have. The one you posted is the full kit, I just bought the basic kit since I already had micro sd cards and reader.

This is the kit I purchased:

Amazon

The free cases they include are decent, but for my other kit I went with C4labs. They make some awesome kits. Amazon also carries them as well. This video will walk you though from start to finish installing Pi-Hole.

 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#30
Make sure to update your Pi's OS every once and awhile as well:

First, update your system's package list by entering the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Next, upgrade all your installed packages to their latest versions with the command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
 
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