What Really Happens On Your Network? Find Out With Pi-hole

What Really Happens On Your Network? Find Out With Pi-hole

What really happens on your network? Does it come to life when you leave for work? Are there devices connecting to the Internet that you don’t know about? Let’s take a look.

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Pi-hole was designed for blocking ads, but it can double as a network monitoring tool because it logs all DNS queries (this can be disabled). Once you setup your router to force your network clients to use Pi-hole as their DNS server, there is nothing else to do except wait and watch what happens.

Unexpected Domain Queries

Whether it’s your smart TV spying on you–or just calling home often–(if you were using Pi-hole, you could have prevented your viewing history from being sent to VIZIO).

Some more examples include strange queries coming from Chrome, a spambot sending out mail, a printer sending out 34 million queries in a day, and lots of torrent activity on your network.

Once installed, you can configure your router so that every device that connects to your network will use Pi-hole as their DNS server. This will allow all the queries happening on your network flow through Pi-hole. This doesn’t slow down your network (in fact it makes things faster), because it only processes DNS traffic, unlike a proxy.

Some More Real Life Examples

IoT Devices Excessively Sending Out Queries

This isn’t terribly surprising because of the nature of smart devices, but some of them do this a bit excessively.

Certain Brands Of Routers Excessively Phoning Home


  • You can decide for yourself what happened with this one.

Microsoft Windows

Users have reported that Windows makes queries to Microsoft domains throughout the day. Most notably, this is previous versions of Windows contacting Microsoft about Windows 10 upgrades (crl.microsoft.com, teredo.ipv6.microsoft.com). Someone also had issues with 300,000 queries relating to the IPv6 protocol in Windows.

Other Examples

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