- Blocks Ads and Trackers across All Your Devices (Limited to 300,000 Queries a Month)

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I have been using pihole on my raspberry Pi for a year now blocking all ads and trackers on my network.

I came across the NextDNS, a free online dns to block ads and trackers. Works like a charm and useful for anyone who wants to block ads for free and don’t want to buy a raspberry Pi or mucking around with using complex redirecting.

Try it. You will thank me later.

Note: Free Tier only.

Price: Free
300,000 queries/month
Unlimited devices
Unlimited configurations
Access to all features
Community support

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  • Pihole is also free

  • Adguard also has a similar service.

  • You only get 300k queries per month.

  • +6 votes

    Change your DNS host to

    No ads.

  • You could use this as the upstream dns provider for your pihole

  • They have a pricing structure at

    The Free tier has limitations, so not really like-for-like replacement for running your own PiHole

    • you can also run actual adblock software on the router itself if it supports openwrt.

    • And remember, if you're not paying for a product… either you are the product, or your data will be when they try to sell themselves off.

  • How do people go with cashback and pi-hole's? I really liked pi-hole but cashback is more important, I can switch dns to use cashback but its annoying and I worry I will forget.

  • I’ve had/have both, and I’d recommend both depending on the ability to

    a) know how to restart, reboot or power cycle a raspberry Pi or Jail/Docker/VM if PiHole stops working, and

    b) how to diagnose and fix websites ie whitelisting sites that the blocklist’s can (at any time) break, like online banking, email links and advertising campaign/sales coupons, and general whitelisting.

    If you are not going to be able to visit, or log into the Pi, or remotely reboot a device, external DNS is your answer.

    Especially if you need to run Adblock on laptops, tablets or phones with games/apps you want to block at school or on 4G, external DNS is handy, especially for monitoring usage, sic. You do lose the graphs that PiHole has, but the stats are still visible.

    You can also copy over the blocklists’ and white lists from an existing PiHole setup for free, and see how it works. There is a limit to the free setup, something like 5-10k lookups/day which adds up quickly if you have a page full of ads/tracking, or block tracking/auditing sites.

    From memory, if you hit the limit, your custom/blocklist dns is ignored until the month resets, and it falls back to regular DNS.

    The advantage of “remote” DNS like NextDNS and Adguard is that it can also be applied to mobile devices and via the browser as well, via DoH or DNS over HTTPS (if the browser supports DoH), DoT or DoQ etc.

    The app does run a VPN network, which is more like an open tunnel. It can also work with IPv6 if you have Aussie Broadband or other IPv6 ISPs.

    With PiHole, you can run over the internet if you need adblocking outside of your home/office wifi, but it becomes difficult to troubleshoot and secure, especially if your router stops working.

    At the moment, I have it working on a UniFi UDM Pro, and haven’t really had to intervene, except where blocklist subscriptions create chaos.

    There are other factors with DIY or adblocking DNS options, notably options like Cloudflare, clean browsing, and the other 3rd party DNS commercial/free offers. YMMV if you need certain blocking /security features or the ability to whitelist sites, etc.

    With PiHole v5, one of the advanced features is Client-Specific DNS results ie putting Kids, work and guests in their own blocklist group if needed. You can replicate this with NextDNS by adding a second (or third) configuration and Six Digit ID for the separate group.