Ad-blocking on Deco?

Ad-blocking on Deco?
Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-01-21 09:02:56 - last edited 2021-02-01 21:28:25
Model: Deco P7
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Pop-up windows, multiple flashing ads, the list goes on and really, every person that surfs the web has encountered at least a single occurrence when they had to close multiple small windows to actually manage to read the content.

 

Earlier I used ASUS RT-AC87U. After we moved to a big house, I bought a Deco P7. I advised my friends in Ukraine, Germany and US to buy Deco M5 and Deco P9.

All ASUS RT-AC models have the Trend Micro antivirus function in the firmware, as well as Ad-Block from a third party manufacturer, which can be turned on or off at will. It is very comfortable. No need to install additional software on all laptops and smartphones. Advertising traffic is filtered at the router level.

 

It would be great if TP-Link did something like this in incredible Deco.

Is TP-Link planning to include AdBlock function in future Deco firmware updates?

 

Thank you.

 

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2021-01-25 16:35:42 - last edited 2021-02-01 21:28:25

@Tigra.UA 

 

Thank you for your suggestion. I will forward that for consideration.

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?-Solution
2021-01-25 16:35:42 - last edited 2021-02-01 21:28:25

@Tigra.UA 

 

Thank you for your suggestion. I will forward that for consideration.

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-02-01 17:02:47

@Tigra.UA 

I have a raspberry pi zero running Pi-Hole to block ads on my network. Raspberry pi zero's are cheap and the software is free. Works for all devices on my network, phones, laptops, tablets. It has an administrative web page to allow control and monitor it's status. I assigned it a fixed IP address and set the Deco to use that IP address as the DNS server when Deco assigns DHCP addresses to clients.

 

https://docs.pi-hole.net/

 

 

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-02-01 21:29:12

 

Don.M wrote

@Tigra.UA 

I have a raspberry pi zero running Pi-Hole to block ads on my network. Raspberry pi zero's are cheap and the software is free. Works for all devices on my network, phones, laptops, tablets. It has an administrative web page to allow control and monitor it's status. I assigned it a fixed IP address and set the Deco to use that IP address as the DNS server when Deco assigns DHCP addresses to clients.

 

https://docs.pi-hole.net/

 

 

 

@Don.M There are too many unknowns :)

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-03-06 11:56:11 - last edited 2021-03-06 12:01:39

@Don.M

Don.M wrote

@Tigra.UA 

I have a raspberry pi zero running Pi-Hole to block ads on my network. Raspberry pi zero's are cheap and the software is free. Works for all devices on my network, phones, laptops, tablets. It has an administrative web page to allow control and monitor it's status. I assigned it a fixed IP address and set the Deco to use that IP address as the DNS server when Deco assigns DHCP addresses to clients.

 

https://docs.pi-hole.net/

 

 

 

@Tigra.UA: I fully support adding ad-blocker as a function directly in the router.

 

The suggestion of using Pi-Hole above is great but the fact that if using that or another local DNS (with a lan ip address assigned) as a DNS server for DHCP in most cases result in the DECO switching to a different LAN subnet all together if losing WAN IP or after restart/power loss which will make the entire network suffer greatly if static IP addresses are configured on some devices and a manual reconfiguration of the DECO routers LAN IP is needed before restoring function.

 

This issue has been mentioned in numerous threads in the forum. Here's one example: https://community.tp-link.com/us/home/forum/topic/255316

 

Also, the reason for configuring static IP on some units might be necessary to somewhat mitigate the issue described in this feature request: https://community.tp-link.com/us/home/forum/topic/255970

 

A built-in implementation of something similar to Pi-Hole might be a good trade-off as long as the above mentioned issues still isn't mitigated/solved.

 

 

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-03-06 14:39:35

I must have just accidentally found how to setup my Pi-hole and avoid those problems. I only learned there was such a problem when I read that thread this week.

 

I have AT&T internet (fiber), and the AT&T modem is still connected to the optical network terminator. I used the web interface in that modem to shut off the wifi, and the only wired connection I'm using goes to my Deco M9 plus which is in router mode. The Deco sees the AT&T LAN address (192.168.1.254) and chose to use 192.168.68.x for its subnet.

 

The Deco provides DHCP to my LAN. I reserved 192.168.68.4 for my Pi-hole and set the DHCP to inform all clients to use 192.168.68.4 for both primary and secondary DNS. The Pi-hole uses one of the common free DNS addresses for its upstream lookups. Reboots/restarts (of the Deco or the AT&T modem) do not change any of these network addresses, so all my static devices (there are just a couple) remain unchanged.

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-03-07 11:22:24

 

Don.M wrote

I must have just accidentally found how to setup my Pi-hole and avoid those problems. I only learned there was such a problem when I read that thread this week.

 

I have AT&T internet (fiber), and the AT&T modem is still connected to the optical network terminator. I used the web interface in that modem to shut off the wifi, and the only wired connection I'm using goes to my Deco M9 plus which is in router mode. The Deco sees the AT&T LAN address (192.168.1.254) and chose to use 192.168.68.x for its subnet.

 

The Deco provides DHCP to my LAN. I reserved 192.168.68.4 for my Pi-hole and set the DHCP to inform all clients to use 192.168.68.4 for both primary and secondary DNS. The Pi-hole uses one of the common free DNS addresses for its upstream lookups. Reboots/restarts (of the Deco or the AT&T modem) do not change any of these network addresses, so all my static devices (there are just a couple) remain unchanged.

@Don.M 

Thanks for sharing your user case. Always interesting to compare.

 

Yeah, I guess that some users are having issues with this and some don't. I've experienced it a few times and it bugged me so I just browsed the forum for a solution.

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-03-22 20:20:16 - last edited 2021-03-22 20:20:47

@Don.M 

I recommend the use of AdGuard Home or Pi-hole

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Re: Ad-blocking on Deco?
2021-03-22 23:42:59

 

SrDarkWarrior wrote

@Don.M 

I recommend the use of AdGuard Home or Pi-hole

 

Thank you for the idea. But I do not want to dance with a tambourine :)))))) I just want to press 1 button and turn on the pre-installed AdGuard. Like in ASUS. And nothing more 🙂

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