Now that you have received your ad blocker package it’s time to set it up. The package contains a Raspberry Pi microcomputer (with microSD card and case), network cable and a power adaptor. The Raspberry Pi is preconfigured with ad blocking software and is ready to go out of the box.
There is one setting on your home router that needs to be changed. Follow the below simple steps to install and complete setup. You can also watch this video which takes you through the steps.
Before you plug in the ad-blocker ensure that the microSD card is secure in the slot at the end of the device. Occasionally during transit they may pop out and need to be pushed back in until they are secure.
- Plug one end of the provided network cable in to the Raspberry Pi (the adblocker box) network port
- Plug the other end of the network cable in to a spare network port on your router
- Plug the provided power cable in to the micro USB port on the side of the Raspberry Pi box
- Plug the power cable in to the wall and switch on
- Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your router and press Enter. Your router IP address is usually one of the following
192.168.0.1 192.168.1.0 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.254
- If none of the above bring up your router admin page follow these steps to find your routers IP address
- You will need to log in to your router
- This may be prompted when you first access it in step one or when you click one of the options
- If you don’t know the admin login details they may be on your router somewhere (it’s not your Wi-Fi password) or you can do a quick web search for <ISP name> router login details or visit https://portforward.com/router-password/ and search for you router make & model. Alternatively you can call your ISP and ask for the router login details
- Within your router settings there will be an option called Use Router as DHCP server (or something similar). This will likely be under Advanced menu option on your router. The DHCP option needs to be disabled.
- Your router may have two DHCP server options. One for IPv4 and one for IPv6. Both of these need to be disabled
- Each router is different where these settings are and what they are called so you will need to navigate around until you find them
- If your router prompts to reboot then allow it to do so and wait for it to connect back to the internet before proceeding
Everything that is connected to your home Wi-Fi or to your router via cable (except the Raspberry Pi) should now be restarted. This will ensure that they reconnect and can start blocking ads.
- Mobile phones – turn on flight mode for at least a minute or restart fully
- Computers/Laptops – turn off wifi for at least a minute before turning it back on or restart fully. If you connect to your router via a network cable you should restart your computer/laptop.
- Smart TVs – turn the TV off via the remote and then unplug at the wall for at least a minute before turning it back on.
- Other devices – unplug the device at the wall for at least a minute.
Thats it! Your adblocker is up and running and blocking ads and trackers. You can test this by going to any site that previously had ads and seeing if any ads are displayed. You can also go here to a specially made test page.