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Pi-hole as home DNS and DHCP server  

I encountered numerous issues with my network provider’s router DHCP. Since I haven’t yet decided to acquire another router, I opted to offload the DHCP server to another machine, which is currently running my Home Assistant and NAS.

I was in search of a DHCP server with a web UI. During my exploration, I came across Pi-hole, a DNS server specifically designed to block DNS queries to domains that serve ads and do tracking. Interestingly, Pi-hole also incorporates an integrated DHCP server (dnsmasqd) that can be configured through its admin UI.

https://pi-hole.net/

I presume the integration of the DHCP server aimed to simplify the setup of clients’ DNS servers, yet it proves highly convenient for home networks. And forget about the “Pi” in the name, it can be run in any linux server, not necessarily in a Raspberry Pi.

I’m still an addict to running everything in Docker containers. So I set up the Docker Pi-hole container (https://github.com/pi-hole/docker-pi-hole) using this script localed at /usr/local/pihole/docker.sh:

#!/bin/bash 
cd $(dirname $(readlink -f $0))
docker stop pihole
docker rm pihole
docker pull pihole/pihole:latest
docker run -d \
	--name pihole \
	--privileged \
	--restart=unless-stopped \
	--network=host \
	-e TZ=Europe/Madrid \
        -e FTLCONF_LOCAL_IPV4=192.168.1.2 \
        -e WEB_PORT=8081 \
	-e WEBPASSWORD=admin \
	-e INTERFACE=eth0 \
	-v ./etc-pihole:/etc/pihole \
	-v ./etc-dnsmasq.d:/etc/dnsmasq.d \
	--cap-add=NET_ADMIN \
	pihole/pihole:latest
docker image prune --all
  • Every time that you run the script, it updates the container with the last Pi-hole version
  • It didn’t work without setting FTLCONF_LOCAL_IPV4 to the local IP
  • I needed to set up WEB_PORT to not override with the nginx running in that machine (for Certbot)
  • Setting WEBPASSWORD is the easiest way to initially setup an admin password
  • I couldn’t make the DHCP server work with port mappings, it needed a –network=host
  • There is an image prune at the end to save space by removing old docker images

I also had some problems because Ubunt’s systemd-resolved includes a DNS server, and I needed to disable it:

https://askubuntu.com/questions/907246/how-to-disable-systemd-resolved-in-ubuntu

And of course, you need to disable also the DHCP server on the router, it’s a very bad idea to have two DHCP servers working in the same network…

It is now functioning smoothly, and the included ad-blocking feature is a definite plus. Although it doesn’t currently block ads on YouTube and Twitch, its still great.

Another similar alternative worth exploring is AdGuard Home, but I haven’t had the time to test it yet:

https://adguard.com/en/adguard-home/overview.html


Internet sin anuncios: Adblock Plus

FirefoxCreo que todos nos hemos imaginado alguna vez cómo sería la televisión sin anuncios… en el caso de la web no es necesario imaginar, ya que hay una fabulosa extensión para el navegador Firefox que nos permite eliminar todos los molestos anuncios de las páginas web.

Se llama Adblock Plus y fue escogida por PCWorld como uno de los 100 mejores productos del 2007. Además nos ahorra ancho de banda y hace que las páginas se carguen más rápido, ya que los anuncios no llegan a ser descargados del servidor.

Por otra parte su uso es controvertido, ya que muchas webs dependen de los ingresos que generan sus anuncios, que con esta extensión no son mostrados. Yo también tengo anuncios en esta web, pero por la miseria de ingresos que me generan no me merece la pena…

En fin, para los que aún no uséis Firefox, a ver si esto os convence de una vez por todas. Gracias Mon, por recomendarme esta extensión.