Stop looking at ads with Pi-hole

Quickly set up Pi-hole on Raspberry Pi and get rid of ads on all devices in your home!


In countries where Black Friday is a thing, I think everyone spent a good part of their day just looking through all the deals. This year I finally bought a Raspberry Pi. Two actually.

Few weeks ago I re-discoverd an awesome project that promises to stop all ad traffic in your local network. I normally use uBlock Origin for browsers, but that still leaves all the other applications and devices unprotected. Enter Pi-hole!

Since this is a brand new Raspberry Pi and I didn’t want to connect any peripherals to it, I downloaded Raspbian Stretch Lite image from the official web site.

Next step was getting the image on the SD card. I’m using macOS and I followed the official tutorial.

This was the command I ran after unmounting SD card with the Disk Utility.

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sudo dd bs=1m if=2017-09-07-raspbian-stretch-lite.img of=/dev/rdisk2 conv=sync

Next, in Terminal I ran the following commands.

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cd /
cd Volumes/boot
touch ssh
touch wpa_supplicant.conf
nano wpa_supplicant.conf

Here I used nano to open the file and pasted in the following.

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country=US
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
update_config=1
network={
ssid="your_real_wifi_ssid"
scan_ssid=1
psk="your_real_password"
key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
}

After this I ejected the SD card, inserted it in Raspberry Pi and plugged it in!

Next step was to find the ip address assigned to the Raspberry Pi, and I found the easiest way to see this is on the router.

Using that ip address I connected to the Raspberry Pi from Terminal. To connect on Windows you can use Putty.

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ssh [email protected]_ADDRESS

Default password is raspberry

You can change the default password by typing in

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passwd

As the final step, I ran the command from the official page. Following the instruction was pretty straightforward and I’m surfing without ads on all devices!