Ad Blocker

With so many websites and services incorporating ads, there is more overhead in your web traffic than ever before. While ads are important for maintaining consistent revenue to help keep sites up and running, it’s possible these ads are slowing down your browsing experience. While the typical solution to this problem is to install an ad blocker plugin on every device’s web browser, what you may not know is that these plugins can sometimes require a significant amount of CPU to filter out all of the ads on every page you visit. If you frequent the web often, this can also end up slowing down your browsing experience. The modern solution is to install a dedicated device that will filter out all ads to your entire network and cache (store) their locations to minimize CPU usage.

Solution: Pi-hole

While there are other solutions for achieving this, the most popular way is by installing Pi-hole. Pi-hole acts as a DNS server for all of your devices that blocks communication to web addresses of known ad providers. While originally made to run on Raspberry Pi’s (hence the name Pi-hole), it has been made available to run on pretty much any hardware able to run Linux. Best of all, Pi-hole allows you use community maintained lists for greater control over which types of ads you would like to block.

Getting Pi-hole

Installing Pi-hole on your system is fast and easy and the simple instructions can be found at the following URL:

Once Pi-hole is installed on your system, configure it through the web dashboard and then set it as your DNS server on your router to begin blocking ads on your entire home network.