How to Install Pi-hole in Pi Zero

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How to Install Pi-hole in Pi Zero

How to Install Pi-hole in Pi Zero

General 04 Jun 2020

Pi-hole is a network-wide ad blocker. This will block Ads to all devices connected to your home network without having the need to install ad blocker in each devices. Pi-hole can run in multiple devices ranging from Pi Zero to servers. Try to select a device which you can run 24/7, If you are worried about power usage then Pi zero might be the best option. In this article we will see the steps to install Pi-hole in Pi Zero

Step 01 : Get Pi Zero & Required Accessories
  • You would need following for this install
    • Pi Zero W
    • 5V Power Supply
    • SD Card with Operating System
    • USB OTG Cable
    • Mini HDMI to HDMI Adapter
    • Raspberry Pi Zero Case (Optional)
    • Keyboard and Mouse (Optional, if you already have one)
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  • Instead of getting the individual items you could also get the kit with these accessories from CanaKit
Step 02 : Initial Setup
  • Insert the SD card into the SD Card slot

  • Connect the Pi Zero W to all accessories as shown below

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  • Device will boot up and will ask you to install an operating system. If you need more operating system choice then click on Wifi Networks and connect to your network.

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  • Successfull connection to WiFi will bring in additional operating system options as shown below, Select the OS you like and proceed with the installation. In this case I choose Raspbian Full
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  • Select ‘Yes` on the warning message.
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  • Install will take few minutes to finish. You should see below message after the install finishes.
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  • At this point the desktop will boot up. In the configuration do the following
    • Give an Hostname for your Pi Zero
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  • Enable SSH
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  • Open Terminal session and install xrdp for RDP access.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install xrdp
Step 03 : Install Pi-hole
  • ssh into Pi Zero using putty. User name is pi and password is what you selected during Raspberry Pi Desktop configuration.
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  • Alternatively you can also RDP into Pi Zero and Install from the terminal. User name is pi and password is what you selected during Raspberry Pi Desktop configuration.

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  • Sudo into root using
sudo su
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
  • Installation will bring up UI with on screen instructions.
    • Select Ok as applicable.
    • Select your preferred DNS provider. I read good reviews about Quad9 so using it for now as DNS provider.
    • Pi-hole needs a static IP, So select Yes to use current network settings as static address.
    • Select On for web admin interface, web server and log queries
    • Remember to note down login URL, user name and password for web admin interface.
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Step 04 : Configure your router
  • Login into your routers admin console by navigating to http://192.168.1.1 in your browser. Here are some default user name and passwords for common router brands. If you have ever changed the password use the updated password to login.
Router Brand Login IP Default username Default password
Linksys http://192.168.1.1 admin admin
Belkin http://192.168.2.1 admin admin
Asus http://192.168.1.1 admin admin
Netgear http://192.168.0.1 admin password
Synology http://192.168.1.1 admin admin
Arris http://192.168.0.1 admin password
Zyxel http://192.168.0.1 admin 1234
Other Brands http://192.168.0.1 admin see tag on your router
  • Navigate to the DNS server in the settings of your router and update it with the static IP of your device with Pi-Hole. This path will vary based on your routers make and model, for netgear devices its Internet –> Domain Name Server (DNS) Address
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  • Save the changes, It may take a minute OR two for your router to apply the new settings
Step 05 : Validate Pi-hole
  • Navigate to Pi-hole admin console at http://192.168.x.xxx/admin/. Replace the IP address with the static IP address from your installation.

  • Admin console will show details in dashboard as shown below.

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Pi-hole has now been successfully installed in your network. Ads to any devices connected to your network will be automatically blocked by Pi-hole. Remember to block Ads, virtual machine with Pi-hole should be always running.

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