Sick of adverts cluttering your screens, using your bandwidth, and tracking your behaviour? Installing Pi-hole will remove nuisance pop-ups from every device in your house at the source.
I just want to doom-scroll in peace without adverts popping up everywhere for people seeking companionship living near me, or alluringly beige food just minutes from being delivered to my house. I’m not in the market for the former and I don’t deal well with gluten.
And don’t get me started on the data mining that tracks your every move based on which ads you do and don’t click on along with everything else you do and don’t interact with online. I know it happens, but to this day I am still creeped out by the speed with which my “suggested” social media posts are tightly tailored to items I’ve been talking about within earshot of my device.
One way to get around the advertising intrusion is to install ad blockers on each of your devices. But that takes time and you won’t even be able to do it at all on some of your devices, like smart TVs. Owners of Samsung TVs in particular will be familiar with this annoyance: the devices insert all kinds of streaming adverts into your UX menu, and you can’t opt out. This is where the magic of Pi-hole comes in. Pi-hole handles all the ad-blocking at your router, so any device using the internet via your home network will be covered by Pi-hole’s ad-free cloak.
Installing Pi-hole is easy peasy, promise
We’ve created a proper, comprehensive tutorial for one of Raspberry Pi’s most popular applications.
This is a nice, simple project requiring just three key ingredients: any model of Raspberry Pi, a power supply, and a microSD card.
And while this Pi-hole tutorial looks a bit long and scary, it’s actually perfect for complete beginners. We walk you through every tiny step, from choosing the right hardware, to installing Raspberry Pi OS Lite, and on to creating a static IP address.