Are you tired of seeing annoying ads popping up every time you browse the internet? Do you want to enhance your online privacy and security?
If so, Pi-Hole can be a game-changer for you. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use Pi-Hole as a DNS server and block ads network-wide.
What is Pi-Hole?
Pi-Hole is an open-source network-wide ad blocker that acts as a DNS sinkhole. It functions by blocking requests to ad-serving domains, thus preventing ads from being displayed on devices connected to your network. Unlike traditional ad blockers that need to be installed on individual devices, Pi-Hole blocks ads at the network level, making it an efficient solution for all devices on your home or office network.
Setting Up Pi-Hole
To use Pi-Hole as a DNS server, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Obtain a Raspberry Pi or any other device running a Linux distribution.
- Step 2: Install the operating system of your choice.
- Step 3: Update the system by running
sudo apt-get update.
- Step 4: Install Pi-Hole by running the command
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash.
Note: Make sure to configure your router’s DHCP settings to assign the IP address of your Raspberry Pi as the primary DNS server for your network.
- Step 5: Access the web interface of Pi-Hole by entering the IP address of your Raspberry Pi in a web browser.
- Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions to configure Pi-Hole. You can customize various settings, such as upstream DNS servers and blocklists.
- Step 7: Once the configuration is complete, Pi-Hole will start blocking ads network-wide.
Pi-Hole provides a convenient web interface for monitoring its performance and managing various aspects. To access the web interface, simply enter the IP address of your Raspberry Pi followed by
/admin in a web browser.
Web Interface Features
The Pi-Hole web interface offers several useful features:
- Dashboard: Provides an overview of blocked queries, percentage of blocked ads, and more.
- Query Log: Displays a log of all DNS queries made by devices on your network.
- Whitelist/Blacklist: Allows you to add domains to whitelist or blacklist, overriding Pi-Hole’s default blocking behavior for specific websites.
- Settings: Provides options to customize various aspects of Pi-Hole’s functionality.
You have successfully set up Pi-Hole as a DNS server and can now enjoy ad-free browsing across all devices on your network. Say goodbye to those annoying ads and enhance your online privacy!
If you ever want to disable Pi-Hole temporarily, simply change the DNS settings on your devices back to their original values or disable it through the web interface. Happy browsing!