Setup Pi-Hole

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Description:

So after setting up my PI, I installed Pi-hole for my network on it.

To Resolve:

  1. First you ssh to it:

    sudo vi /etc/dhcpcd.conf
    # set static IP; save and exit
    # change to root
    sudo su
    curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
    
    • When I did this, the installer wasn’t able to continue because I had changed the IP address of the pi. I then had to modify /etc/dhcpcd.conf and /etc/resolv.conf to also point to 8.8.8.8 for DNS since it cleared it and set everything to only point to 127.0.0.1. I then re-ran the installer for it to setup completely.
  2. At the end of the install it gives you the admin password, copy it somewhere. Then type:

    pihole -a -p
    
  3. Configure router to point to pi – This will vary from vendor to vendor but you typically login to your routers LAN interface in your web browser, then go to lan settings – and set the DNS server handed by DHCP to that of your pi-hole.

  4. Commands:

    pihole -b example.com – Adding a site to blacklist  
    pihole -wild example.com – Adding a site and all its subsites to blacklist  
    pihole -w example.com – Adding a site to whitelist  
    pihole -wild -d pubnub.com – Remove a blacklist  
    pihole -up – update it  
    pihole -c – shows stats  
    pihole status – shows stats  
    pihole -q hulu – to query a specific domain  
    pihole disable / enable – Self explanatory  
    pihole restartdns – restart dns server
    
  5. If you want to block Youtube, add the following to your blacklist section:

    (^|\.)googlevideo\.com$
    (^|\.)youtube\.com$
    (^|\.)ytimg\.l\.google\.com$
    
  6. Recommended blocklists to add: