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Old 20th January 2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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Pihole

I've been doing some research to replace pfblockerNG with something that will block ads at the entry point because I have teenagers which I can't trust to vet things.

While digging around I found Pihole, which looks extremely promising. I'm just about to do the install now, and there doesn't seem to be much to it. I'm not sure how in-depth other people get with their network but this seems like a pretty easy way to save some headaches.

Long story short, when installed and setup the pihole server\Docker will be the only thing that can resolve DNS on the internet. I'll update this after I get done with the install process, and have tested it, if anyone is interested. Other than that, figured I'd share a new toy! It's opensource.
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Old 22nd January 2020, 01:49 AM   #2
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I have colleagues running it and being really happy with it. I'm considering it too for when I find some time.
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Old 22nd January 2020, 08:39 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by lauwersw View Post
I have colleagues running it and being really happy with it. I'm considering it too for when I find some time.
I have a Dell R810 server with ESXi that runs pfsense, and my servers at home. I spun up a new virtual machine and got this configured with relative ease. I haven't tested throughput, latency and the like to see if it's slowed anything down but there's nothing noticeable so far.
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I have been running it in Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi. Been pretty good so far.
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Old 22nd January 2020, 09:14 AM   #5
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I have been running it in Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi. Been pretty good so far.
I really like Home Assistant. I haven't done much with it, but I'm doing some work on my home this summer and I'm looking at using it to automate around the house.

ETA: Or openhab has been highly recommended too, but it's a bit more programming than I'd like.
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I'm still getting starting with it. I'm using Hassio because its supposed to be the easiest way for beginners.
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Old 23rd January 2020, 07:24 AM   #7
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I'm still getting starting with it. I'm using Hassio because its supposed to be the easiest way for beginners.
That makes complete sense. I'm eyeing up the HestiaPi touch, but I'd have to do a bit of conversion since the Europeans don't use power properly. (That's just a joke.)
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The PiHole works like an absolute charm. Zero ads, and you can control how much data you give out to the internet when surfing. Completely customizable. I love it.
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Switched my network over to DNS over HTTPS, which is built into PiHole. Still works like a charm with the added bonus of HTTPS.
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