I'm looking for an ad-blocker that protects all hosts in my private home network, even guests that temporarily connect via WLAN.

I have Windows and Linux machines as well as Android phones, but there might be guests using Apple hardware. It should still work for all of them.

The solution must

  • be free of cost
  • work for all devices / all platforms
  • ideally be open source
  • simple and easy to use

If there's additional hardware cost involved, that's ok for me.

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I found that Pi-Hole suits my needs.

  • It's gratis
  • It's open source
  • it supports all hardware and platforms, because it blocks ads on DNS level.
  • simple and easy to use: the clients do not need to install any software. They will be configured via DHCP automatically.

Hardware cost: 1 Raspberry Pi 1A, 1 SD card (4 GB is enough), 1 power supply. Total less than 50 €.

Installation: almost as simple as described on the website (I had to perform an apt-get update, apt-get upgrade and reboot before).

Configuration: you have to set up the DHCP of your Internet router (DSL router) to provide the Raspberry Pi's address as the DNS server.

  • Hadn't you already self-answered … That's about what works for me satisfactorily more than 2 years already – with the exception of using a BananaPi and the Unbound nameserver. Same principle :)
    – Izzy
    Commented Apr 14, 2018 at 5:35
  • There has been a problem with windows 10 update being blocked by the pi-hole. It will work eventually, but it will take a long time.
    – Blake
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 19:55
  • @Blake: thanks for the information. I'll deactivate for some minutes and check for updates. Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 6:33

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