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How to Install Pi-hole in a Windows machine
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 device. Pi-hole can run on 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 a windows machine. Steps in this article were tested on Hyper-V, but the idea is the same for VM VirtualBox OR VMware Workstation.
Step 01 : Create a virtual machine (VM) with Debian Buster with Raspberry Pi Desktop
Download ISO for Debian Buster with Raspberry Pi Desktop from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspberry-pi-desktop/
Create new virtual machine using the downloaded ISO and Install Debian Buster with Raspberry Pi. Allocate 4GB for memory and 40GB for storage
Start the virtual machine and select
Graphical installoption and follow the on screen instructions
After Raspberry Pi Desktop installation finishes, pop up will show to configure Raspberry Pi Desktop. Here update the configuration to set up password and enable ssh
Step 02 : Install Pi-hole in Raspberry Pi Desktop
ssh into Debian Buster with Raspberry Pi using putty. User name is
piand password is what you selected during Raspberry Pi Desktop configuration
Install Pi-hole using below command. Refer https://pi-hole.net/ for any additional information
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
Installation will bring up UI with on screen instructions
- 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
Yesto use current network settings as static address
web admin interface,
- Remember to note down login URL, user name and password for web admin interface
Step 03 : 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|
|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
Save the changes, It may take a minute OR two for your router to apply the new settings
Step 04 : 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
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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