1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Raspberry Pi to run pihole

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by RobTi, May 13, 2019.

  1. RobTi


    Joined: Jan 23, 2005

    Posts: 506

    Hi i would like to try out pihole, so can anyone tell me whats needed and where to buy ?
  2. Eliot


    Joined: Mar 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,736

    Hi Mate,

    I did this recently, Its a really fun little project and the gains are pretty big.

    As the Daily Fail is always a good web benchmark, i've seen some tests that report that the Homepage is 50mb without Pihole, and like 2mb with....

    That saves time, makes the internet feel quicker and comes at no loss to you. Also frees up the internet for other stuff etc.

    Anyway to answer your question.

    I have a 330Mb connection and was quite anal about speed and generally impacting that so rather than worry about it I just went for the Raspberry Pi3B+ (fastest one, for me the slower ones aren't cheap enough to be worth it)

    There is a well known kit available from rainforest called "Ucreate" ,you want the "Official" power adaptor and this one comes with it, also all the basics you need including a OS on an SD already for you to use.

    I'd recommend that.

    Then after that I would follow this guide:

    It's pretty easy, the whole thing should take about 1hr from booting the Pi to installing PiHole

    Other things to consider:

    Make sure you either reserve the DHCP address the Pi gets from the router or ideally set a static IP for it outside of your DHCP range.

    Change the DNS address of the DHCP pool so all devices are protected from the ad's and tracking features. Other wise you will need to change manually

    Ideally, wire the PI into the router rather than use WiFi to reduce latency

    Finally, if you want the Pi to auto boot and run Pihole when there's a powercut etc then you need to do some further work, I haven't done this yet but am told this is easy.
  3. d_brennen


    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

    Posts: 15,359

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    I've the DNS set up per device as there's 2 devices in the house that the user wants adverts :rolleyes: :p
  4. Stephanie Peterson


    Joined: Jan 9, 2019

    Posts: 893

    Dont even need a pi to run it on, my old one was on an odroid single board computer and is now on a esxi VM on my Microserver.
  5. Eliot


    Joined: Mar 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,736

    Quite, you can run its on a synology NAS as well
  6. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 20,705


    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  7. J.B


    Joined: Aug 16, 2006

    Posts: 5,922

    I had Pihole for ages and thought it was great, even gave a small donation to the project as it was going through a lot of active development at the time.

    I updated my setup and built a PfSense firewall and used an add on called pfblocker-ng which offers the same sort of thing. I am going to deploy pihole back onto a linux VM as it really is a great tool and the UI is excellent.
  8. Kol


    Joined: Jan 8, 2003

    Posts: 13,499

    Location: London

    This is a super delayed quote, but any particular guide you recommend? I have plenty running in docker on my synology, but pi-hole running on a VM on my mac (which is always on). I've seen a few guides but they aren't the clearest. I'll keep looking (was hoping crosstalk solutions would do one, he's great) otherwise.

    Be keen to get it off VM and into something a bit more reliable in case I need to shut down my mac.

  9. Eliot


    Joined: Mar 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,736

    Super delayed response, lol,

    This one looks like it covers everything https://discourse.pi-hole.net/t/how-do-i-install-pi-hole-on-a-synology-nas/289/9

    Yeah good shout, If you dont have a Pi, i'd recommend getting one, so many uses, I currently have three.

    Pihole (1) Raspberry Pi 3B+
    PiHole (2) Raspberry Pi 2 (this points at google whereas number 1 points at cloudflare and will be number two DNS server when I can be bothered to check it all over)
    Plex/NAS (3) Raspberry Pi 4B 4gb, Plex Server + basic NAS with 4tb USB 3 Harddrive attached
  10. Sin_Chase


    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 20,486

    I've just deployed PiHole onto my Pi 2.

    Plenty quick enough and hardly stresses it at all. I deployed a new Pi4 as my media server so this was waiting to be done.

    Very impressed with it. Have been using uBlock origin wherever I can but it's not available universally through apps etc. Ever since losing root on my mobile I've lost device wide ad blocking. This solves that.

    I've got a Synology NAS but I would rather let that sleep/idle when not in use and just have the low powered Pi running.
  11. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 20,705


    If you want to play with pi-hole try it in a virtual machine first to see if it's worth it for you. I think I will be buying 2x pi4s!