Welcome to this in-depth tutorial on how to use Pi-Hole as a DNS server. If you’re tired of ads and want to have more control over your internet browsing experience, Pi-Hole is the solution for you.
What is Pi-Hole?
Pi-Hole is a network-wide ad blocker that acts as a DNS sinkhole. It intercepts requests for advertisements and prevents them from being downloaded, reducing the number of ads you see while browsing the web.
Setting up Pi-Hole
To get started with Pi-Hole, follow these steps:
- Install Raspberry Pi OS: Begin by installing Raspberry Pi OS on your Raspberry Pi device. This will serve as the foundation for running Pi-Hole.
- Update and upgrade: Once the OS installation is complete, open a terminal session and run the following commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
- Install Pi-Hole: Run the following command in the terminal to install Pi-Hole:
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
- Configure Pi-Hole: During the installation process, you will be prompted to configure various settings such as upstream DNS providers and blocklists.
Make sure to choose options that suit your needs.
- Note down IP address: After installation, note down the IP address of your Raspberry Pi running Pi-Hole. You will need this to configure your devices to use Pi-Hole as the DNS server.
- Update router settings: Access your router’s settings and change the DNS server to the IP address of your Raspberry Pi. This will ensure that all devices connected to your network use Pi-Hole for DNS resolution.
Verifying Pi-Hole Setup
Once you have completed the setup, you can verify if Pi-Hole is working correctly:
- Open a browser: Open a web browser on any device connected to your network.
- Type in a test URL: In the address bar, type in a test URL like “example.com”.
- Check for blocked ads: If Pi-Hole is functioning correctly, you should not see any ads on the website. The ad requests would have been intercepted and blocked by Pi-Hole.
Tips and Troubleshooting
If you encounter any issues or want to make further customizations with Pi-Hole, here are some tips and troubleshooting steps:
1. Whitelisting Websites
If you notice that certain websites are not working correctly due to blocking, you can whitelist them by accessing the Pi-Hole admin interface in your web browser. Navigate to “Settings” > “Whitelist” and add the URLs of the websites you want to exclude from blocking.
2. Updating Blocklists
Pi-Hole relies on blocklists to know which domains to block. You can update these blocklists periodically by running the following command in the terminal:
3. Accessing Pi-Hole Admin Interface
To access the Pi-Hole admin interface, open a web browser and type in the IP address of your Raspberry Pi followed by “/admin” (e.g., http://192.168.1.100/admin). From here, you can monitor the status of Pi-Hole and make additional configurations.
4. Restarting Pi-Hole
If you need to restart the Pi-Hole service, run the following command in the terminal:
sudo service pihole-FTL restart
That’s it! You have successfully set up and configured Pi-Hole as a DNS server on your network. Enjoy ad-free browsing and take control of your internet experience with Pi-Hole!