Force all DNS traffic to Pi-hole on a USG Pro

I was looking for a way to force all DNS queries on my network to be pushed to my Pi-Hole no matter what hardcoded DNS servers were set up on the device. After a little research, I came across a couple of blog posts that pointed me in the right direction.

The main reason for this is not only that the kids are getting smarter to be able to adjust settings on their devices to bypass the Pi-Hole, but also I wanted to make sure all devices that jumped on my network were going through the same DNS servers for caching reasons. I also didn’t want to have to make sure I configured each device when added to my network.

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Pi-Hole with DNS-Over-HTTPS via Cloudflare

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I was using Pi-Hole on my local network for some time on a VirtualBox VM that I had set up but recently removed it from my network as it was acting up and causing another possible fail point on my network that I just didn’t feel like troubleshooting at the time.

However with the release of the new CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 DNS, I thought I would revisit my Pi-Hole setup, this time actually running it on one of the many RaspberryPi’s that I have sitting around collecting dust.

Setting up Pi-Hole on a RaspberryPi is very easy, and there are already lots of how-tos out there on doing just that, but simply put you run the following command on your already setup RaspberryPi

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Install ddclient on OS X

DynDNS LogoThe DynDNS OS X client has always seemed a bit clunky to me and outdated so I was looking for another way to use DynDNS with out that client. Thinking back I remembered that I used ddclient on one of my linux boxes from the command line a long while ago so I started looking into how I could implement that on my Macbook Air. I saw that Homebrew had a ddclient package so I got to work.

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Block ads on OS X Leopard

I got on a fix today about ads on websites, I already use Adblock Plus as well as the Adblock Filterset.G Updater in Firefox.  But I wanted to take it a step further.  I adid so with the following steps.

Opened up terminal and added the following list to my /etc/hosts file.
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt

After this you need to flush the DNS cache

sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

All set.  You can of course use this on Windows/Linux and other versions of OS X.  For older versions of OS X the dscacheutil command is not the same.