Pi-hole is a DNS sinkhole that protects your devices from unwanted content, without installing any client-side software. The best part of Pi-hole is that it can work off cheap hardware such as a Raspberry Pi.
Last month, I bought a Raspberry Pi 3-MODB-1GB and a 16GB MicroSDHC (MicroSD) Memory Card. That was enough to run an Ad Blocker Service for the whole home.
- First, we need to set up a Raspberry Pi.
- Get a microSD card with a capacity of at least 8 GB. I suggest getting a 16GB one for some extra room, just in case. The price difference isn’t worth saving. Plug the microSD card to a desktop computer and follow the steps to Setup the microSD card and thus unzipping the Raspbian operating system content to the drive. Install the Raspbian operating system via NOOBS.
- Plug in the microSD Card, monitor, keyboard, and a mouse. That’s it. Power it up.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up the Raspbian operating system. Restart and the Raspberry Pi is ready to setup Pi-hole.
- There are three ways to install Pi-hole. Follow the one that works for you – Install Pi-Hole.
- Follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll just be pressing the RETURN key a lot.
- Pick your choices of options along the way. Do not forget to pause at the last screen and record the admin password and other details.
- The final step is to point your Internet Router’s DNS (just one, delete the others) to the Pi-hole IP (remember the screen from the earlier step).
Pi-hole works pretty well without much fanfare that you might be left with a feeling that you’re missing something. I’ve been running Pi-hole as the Ad-Blocker for my home and seems to be working good so far.
Go, have fun.