Ad Blocker

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Is there a way the Fing box could extended to block ads? Perhaps network clients could use Fing box as a gateway and the Fing/gateway is blocking known advertising IP addresses. Also this could be a paid for add on?
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  • Lee_Bo
    Lee_Bo Member Posts: 271
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    Is there a way the Fing box could extended to block ads? Perhaps network clients could use Fing box as a gateway and the Fing/gateway is blocking known advertising IP addresses. Also this could be a paid for add on?
    For that to happen, it would take a lot of programming, not only to block ads but to have the Fingbox set up to be used as a gateway.  Too many other devices already on the market that does that.

    I'm personally using an ad blocker both on my iPhone and Macbook Pro so that's not an issue.
  • John
    John Member Posts: 110
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    Is there a way the Fing box could extended to block ads? Perhaps network clients could use Fing box as a gateway and the Fing/gateway is blocking known advertising IP addresses. Also this could be a paid for add on?
    Have a look at home assistant, which can be run on a raspberry pi and can be configured with a plugin to act as a DNS server to block ads.  Works pretty well.  If Fingbox integrated into the pi... well that opens up a bunch of options!  >:)
  • Gidster
    Gidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    I'm wondering how many folk out there are using PiHole to block ads and how it compares to other solutions?
    Head of Product at Fing
  • andygodber
    andygodber Member, Beta Tester Posts: 11
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    Gidster said:
    I'm wondering how many folk out there are using PiHole to block ads and how it compares to other solutions?
    Pihole user here.
    Works very well - I have two instances to provide resilience and alternate DNS.
    I started off with a Pi (Orange or Zero or clone) and now have a Docker on my Synology NAS and running natively on my Ubiquiti CloudKey.
    TheCustomCaveVioletChepil
  • TheCustomCave
    TheCustomCave Member, Beta Tester Posts: 48
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    Gidster said:
    I'm wondering how many folk out there are using PiHole to block ads and how it compares to other solutions?
    I'm using PiHole on my home network and also my network at work. It's a very robust solution and certainly much nicer than having to have individual ad-blocking on each device.
    GidsterVioletChepilHronos
  • Pooh
    Pooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    All this has got this ole bear looking at what functionality my Synology has for such a purpose. Oooh, a new home project!
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    VioletChepilHronos
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Just turning this one into an ideas thread so others can vote. Cast your vote if you'd like to see implemented too.

    Community Manager at Fing

  • andygodber
    andygodber Member, Beta Tester Posts: 11
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    Id vote for pihole/similar blocking on Fing - would allow me to remove one or more devices/docker images etc.

    And/or Fing onto Synology

  • John
    John Member Posts: 110
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    agreed pihole would be great!
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    @John @andygodber - can upvote the link at the top?

    You can see this new feature in action here if that helps: 
    https://community.fing.com/categories/fingbox-feature-requests 

    Community Manager at Fing

  • wayner
    wayner Member, Beta Tester Posts: 32
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    I use PiHole as well as a docker running on my unRAID server.  Here is kind of a reverse idea - could the functionality of a fingbox be available as a docker running on a server?  Is there any reason why a fingbox has to be a hardware device?  Presumably it is just a micro PC running some form of Linux like Busybody.
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Hey @wayner we've definitely thought about that.
    We have (LEGACY) docker packages for the Fing App here: https://www.fing.com/products/development-toolkit 
    First we're going to start with PC/MAC versions (planned for the next months ahead): https://community.fing.com/discussion/89/the-fing-roadmap/p1 
    I'd say, likely what we'll do is gauge uptake when we release PC/MAC - and then we may try expanding to other platforms.
    Of course you make additional feature requests too here: https://community.fing.com/categories/fingbox-feature-requests 

    Community Manager at Fing