Pi Hole: Ad Blocker Hardware with Jacob Salmela

Ad blockers in the browser protect us from the most annoying marketing messages that the Internet tries to serve to us. But we still pay a price for these ads. We pay the bandwidth costs of requesting these pages. Our browsers are slowed down by these extra requests.

Pi Hole is a hardware based ad blocker. Pi Hole acts as a DNS server for all of the traffic that makes its way onto your network. Pi Hole has a blacklist of all the URLs to block–including tracking systems and ad networks. Pi Hole stops these URLs from communicating with all the devices on your network–including your cell phone.

Jacob Salmela is the developer of Pi Hole, which he describes as a black hole for advertiser traffic. In this episode, we explain how traditional ad blocking in the browser works, and how things are improved with a piece of dedicated hardware doing the ad blocking. It was also a useful review of the relationship between URLs, IP addresses, your home network, and the broader Internet.

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