Installing ad blockers on every machine has become somewhat of a standard for modern internet users. But makers in the Raspberry Pi community have found a way to stop them at the source with the advent of Pi-Hole. This is a system designed to stop advertisements at the DNS level on your network but what if you need to let them through for a little while? That’s where maker and developer Kris from Planet Kris comes in with his Pie Stop button project.
To dig into this project, it helps to know how Pi-Hole works. Check out our guide on how to install Pi-Hole to get an idea of what the application does and how to set it up on the Pi. Unfortunately for Kris, Pi-Hole prevented critical access to important work-related websites. He didn’t want to remove the system so he opted to devise a way to temporarily disable Pi-Hole on his network.
The solution was to create a big button that connects to Wi-Fi that he could press to stop Pi-Hole for just long enough to access the restricted websites. The system triggers a command to the Pi that will cause it to turn Pi-Hole off for a few minutes so it can no longer block perceived advertisements on the network.