Why Some Pages Load Slow When Using Pi-hole And How To Fix It

Pi-hole can make your network run faster, however, there are certain situations where Webpages will take a very long time to load (10-60 seconds or more).  There are several reasons behind this–most of which can be remedied.  This post explain the technical reasons why you may experience slow load times and provides solutions for them. Continue reading “Why Some Pages Load Slow When Using Pi-hole And How To Fix It”

Pi-hole Is Open Source: Consume, Contribute, Or Both?

Pi-hole is a great project for all experience levels–both as a piece of software to consume and as an open source project you can contribute to.  Whether you just started getting interested in software and want to learn how to program or contribute to an open source project; or you have been a life-long tinkerer and love to get your hands dirty with technical goodness, Pi-hole has something to offer. Continue reading “Pi-hole Is Open Source: Consume, Contribute, Or Both?”

That Time We DDoSed GitHub

It was purely unintentional, but we did disrupt GitHub’s service not long after releasing v3.2 of Pi-hole.  We received a letter from GitHub explaining that our software was querying their API too often and was disrupting their service.  So we didn’t really DDoS them, but there was enough of an impact to show up on their radar.

We knew our software was checking in with GitHub, and it wasn’t meant to be aggressive.  What we didn’t know was how many users were actually out there using our software and subsequently contributing to the issue.  As we learned, there were enough installs out there to cause a disruption to the infrastructure of a large enterprise–something we do not plan on repeating. Continue reading “That Time We DDoSed GitHub”

Part 5: What Really Happens On Your Network?

Pi-hole is known for ad-blocking, but it’s capable of more than you might know.  This post is the fifth iteration of a collection of public posts where people have discovered weird or strange things happening on their networks thanks to Pi-hole.

Since Pi-hole is a DNS server, it can keep track of which domains are queried.  While you can’t see the exact Webpage (or other asset) that was queried, you can deduce some information by knowing what domain name was queried.  For example, if a device using Pi-hole watched a video on Netflix, Pi-hole doesn’t know about the specific video–just that the Netflix domain was queried.

Below, you’ll find links and screenshots to the latest compilation of things people have discovered on their networks–enjoy! Continue reading “Part 5: What Really Happens On Your Network?”

A Security Note About Your Pi-hole Logs

It has come to our attention that there are third parties asking you to upload your Pi-hole logs to them.  This is not something we recommend, condone, or otherwise find in any way acceptable.

We have designed Pi-hole to help maintain your privacy by blocking advertisements/trackers, and the act of providing your logs to anyone outside the Pi-hole project is counter-intuitive to our ideals and goals. Continue reading “A Security Note About Your Pi-hole Logs”

Part 4: What Really Happens On Your Network?

As Pi-hole’s userbase has grown, so have the posts about people discovering interesting, perplexing, and nefarious things happening on their network.  While Pi-hole doesn’t provide deep insight into the traffic in your network, it’s great for a high-level overview of the sites/domains being visited on your network.

This is the fourth iteration of this type of post.  It’s just an amalgamation of links to public forums where people have posted their discoveries and screenshots.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Part 4: What Really Happens On Your Network?”

Saturday Is The Last Day To “Show Us Your Pi-hole”

Tomorrow is the last day to send pictures of your Pi-hole setup to adblock@pi-hole.net.  We’ll be choosing three winners by picking our favorite pictures.  The top three will receive either a Raspberry Pi 3, a Raspberry Pi Zero, or a Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless.

We’ll contact the winners via email and ask if we can share your pictures in a follow up blog post.  Thanks to everyone who has submitted pictures so far.  Good luck!