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Old 09-19-2018, 11:20 AM   #251
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I am. This is EXTREMELY easy to set up, but takes a bit of familiarity with raspberry pi to update once you've got it running. Nobody really has to do much to use it depending on your modem setup. I'm using cable modem -> separate wifi router (configured to use pihole as DNS first, and an OPENDNS server second) -> errybody connects to wifi. When I had a modem/wifi combo, comcast would routinely update DNS settings to their servers, so all my devices had to specify the pihole address as primary DNS when connected to my network. I have my router assigning a static IP address to the pi, and the pi is hard-wired to it. It's interesting to look at the pihole logs every once in a while to see your modem is hitting some server at NASA 20-30 times a day. The pihole only works for devices connected to your local network, unless you want to set up that same machine to expose your IP address to the entire planet. I'm also running a web server on my local network to host a personal website, so I didn't want to try screwing around with that.

Are you having any delays with web pages, Netflix, Hulu etc? I can set this thing up in probably 10min, it is very easy. In fact, I could spin a VM now and have it run under Debian if needed. But I rather use the Pi3 I have for this and be done. Might do it tonight once I get home.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:30 AM   #252
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Are you having any delays with web pages, Netflix, Hulu etc? I can set this thing up in probably 10min, it is very easy. In fact, I could spin a VM now and have it run under Debian if needed. But I rather use the Pi3 I have for this and be done. Might do it tonight once I get home.
The pihole seems to cache frequent lookups - I stream netflix on a machine through it without any issues that I can notice. What I have run into occasionally is youtube videos still showing ads, but I think that's more from having a device connecting to my other wifi network that is running outside the pihole. Lots of ad-heavy pages run much faster, since they don't actually make the full network round-trip... they return an empty response when the domain is in the pihole's block list. If you do run into anything that's getting blocked you can whitelist the related domain, but I haven't needed to do that.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:43 AM   #253
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I use mine for a discord bot and to run a ruby script that i made to back up my laptop to it
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:53 AM   #254
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I also can't recommend this case enough: the pi fits in it really well, and there are small cutouts for cables/sd card, etc. I like the possibility of running multiple PIs for dedicated things, and color-coding each one's responsibility.

https://www.amazon.com/Makerfire-PiB.../dp/B01E10IXRQ
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:40 PM   #255
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The pihole seems to cache frequent lookups - I stream netflix on a machine through it without any issues that I can notice. What I have run into occasionally is youtube videos still showing ads, but I think that's more from having a device connecting to my other wifi network that is running outside the pihole. Lots of ad-heavy pages run much faster, since they don't actually make the full network round-trip... they return an empty response when the domain is in the pihole's block list. If you do run into anything that's getting blocked you can whitelist the related domain, but I haven't needed to do that.

I use local blacklist and have similar issues. I haven't gone so far as to note what sites or domains are trying to load ad/other crap and find a way to redirect it so it doesn't cause delays.


*I run blacklist mostly just to reduce annoyance, not security. I don't want to field questions like "why is this bar over here saying it can't load" everyday for other people on my network so I just keep them on the systems.

oddly I tried to edit my post and got a security warning from nasioc. hmfff


abbreviated edit: if there are a good number of devices and users that use phones and tablets that would normally need to be rooted to add black list to the pihole is one of the best things to do for your network if rooting every odd thing to add a black list isn't something that sounds exciting to you. I normally only use a laptop at home with a blacklist but if I had kids/other humans using locked devices the pihole/something at the entry point would be used without a doubt.

pfsense is another good tool for gatekeeping.


https://www.google.com/search?q=pfse...nt=firefox-b-1

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Old 09-20-2018, 09:25 PM   #256
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So got Pi-Hole up and running. Immediately it started doing its job.

I only see my PC, need to figure out how i can see all the clients that pass though Pi-Hole even though they are wireless

Rebooted my phone so it would take the new DNS setting, Accuweather App does not work any more
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:39 PM   #257
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You'll likely need to turn off the DHCP server from your router if you're not explicitly telling your other devices to only connect to your pihole. If the pihole isn't your AP and sitting between your router and ISP you may see not individual devices.

If you can/care spin up a virtual machine if/when you might need to troubleshoot what's going where to know if a problem or concern is the pi or just something not on your network. Set the vm what would be your normal setup without the pi so you have a quick comparison to suss out any issues before you make changes.

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Old 09-20-2018, 10:54 PM   #258
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Got most of it working. Have clients showing up now, after making the change Settings -> DNS bottom of page Forward Conditional, added the router's IP and my local domain. Wireless clients started showing up after that.

I also had to change the /etc / hosts file on the Pi-Hole, because for some reason the entry that was on file was wrong. I had 127.0.1.1 pointing to Pi-Hole when the local host IP address was 127.0.0.1. Once I fixed the entry for Pi-Hole to have the same IP as the localhost I was able to run the update for Update Gravity under tools. Before I was getting a DNS resolution is currently unavailable.



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Old 09-20-2018, 11:15 PM   #259
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Got most of it working. Have clients showing up now, after making the change Settings -> DNS bottom of page Forward Conditional, added the router's IP and my local domain. Wireless clients started showing up after that.

I also had to change the /etc / hosts file on the Pi-Hole, because for some reason the entry that was on file was wrong. I had 127.0.1.1 pointing to Pi-Hole when the local host IP address was 127.0.0.1. Once I fixed the entry for Pi-Hole to have the same IP as the localhost I was able to run the update for Update Gravity under tools. Before I was getting a DNS resolution is currently unavailable.



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It seems Nasioc Server does not like when you have '/etc / hosts' with no spaces, I was getting the following

Ha... that's why I got my security warning last night. I couldn't get back to what I typed out and couldn't find why it blocked me. Learned something frustrating today outside of a kid I was working with having mentioned he just had someone explain "serial connections" to him and still didn't understand the point of it. "GD'it I'm old"
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:29 PM   #260
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TLR: Those with pi hole's, how well does it work at blocking youtube ads?

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I mentioned above I blacklist on my local machines so I don't have to deal with other users on my network upset the large number of pretty pictures aren't loading since they were all ads and they're being blocked. Looking at the pi hole it looks to do the same thing but at the boundary between your network and the greater the internet. Using the blacklist I forgot youtube had ads until some change and now it seems most video ads get through... guessing they just ride on the same network now so if you don't want ads you pay for youtube or don't use youtube.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:03 AM   #261
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Some of YouTube ads come through youtube.com which is not blocked my Pi-Hole. I have seen also where if ads for youtube are blocked, the video is black but you have sound.

My Pi-Hole is running great.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:28 AM   #262
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Thanks for the info. I haven't had an issue with the video but with the few ads that are blocked the video wont start on its own. It also happens when ads are sprinkled throughout a long youtube vid.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:51 AM   #263
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Yep. We learned early on that blocking YouTube ads = no bueno. Many videos just won't work right when you do.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:39 PM   #264
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So is there anything interesting or worthwhile to do with an older single-core RPi 1 B+? It's slow as **** running anything with a GUI. It seems like any fun or useful projects require a significantly faster 2 or 3 and I already have a 2 B and a 3 B to play with.

Is Pi-Hole light enough to run to run well on a 1 B+ under Stretch Lite or am I overestimating how much juice it needs?
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:31 PM   #265
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Backup data to an old flash drive. I'm not suggesting a new 10TB network storage system before someone starts frothing at the mouth.


Pi Hole shouldn't be a stress to the pi. I tried to find stress test but I didn't find anything not questionable to back this up. They work the same as using black list in a machine's hosts file. I use local blacklist and haven't noted the pi's being bothered with them.


Pi Hole and data backup.
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:59 AM   #266
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So I got Pi-Hole set up last night on the RPi 1 B+. Interesting project. It does what it says but it seems like Ublock Origin does a better job of filtering. I guess it needs some tweaking.

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Old 10-14-2018, 04:52 PM   #267
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Does the pi hole update the the list/signatures automatically... where does does it get the sites to block?


nm... i should just set one up to compare it.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:52 PM   #268
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I run Pi-Hole in a VM on my server, just so there's one less thing to plug in

Blocking youtube ads is a big cat & mouse game, as google keeps rotating hosts (and even uses direct IPs some times). I have good luck with Adblock+ killing all youtube, and the Pi-Hole taking care of pretty much everything else.

Going to (re)start my Pi based carputer project pretty soon.
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:24 PM   #269
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Meh, you can get YouTube Premium in Canada now. I probably watch more YouTube than I do Netflix.. so it's completely worth it to me to never see any ads. The music streaming included with it is just icing on top.
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