Ad-blocking methods: Which one?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by crankdat, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. crankdat

    crankdat Guest

    I have a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 with Tomato 1.27 installed. My intent is to find the "best" router-based ad blocking method and employ it. The problem is that there are multiple options and I don't know enough about any of this to just choose one. This site came up a LOT on my Google searches re: this subject, and though I'm not using a Linksys product, the firmware, as I understand it, is the same no matter what platform it's installed on.

    If anyone can guide a complete idiot through this, I'll be your e-friend forever.
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  3. azdps

    azdps LI Guru Member

    followed the link provided then followed many additional links and i too still would like a very simple nudge in the right direction. someone want to do a pros and cons of the available options?
  4. EricCartman

    EricCartman LI Guru Member

    Welcome to Open Source :)

    I would like same thing something with pros and cons :)
  5. lanmtl

    lanmtl Addicted to LI Member

    I used that method for a while.
    The only drawback was that whenever the WAN got lost and reconnected, it froze the router for 3-4 minutes while it was parsing all the downloaded files.
    Other than that it is a very nice way of blocking ads and it even works on the iPhone. But, it also blocks some link tracking servers and on some sites when you click a link it didn't work because of that.
    Try it and see if it works for you, I don't think anyone will be able to break it down more than that as it is already quite a no-brainer.
  6. ceevee

    ceevee Network Guru Member

    Does having router-based ad blocking slow anything down, besides the router boot time? Will my newsgroup or torrent connections slow?

    I'm interested in this, but want hear more negatives, if any.
  7. lanmtl

    lanmtl Addicted to LI Member

    I dont do torrents, only usenet.
    Aside from the connection being unusable for the first 3-5 mins after each reconnection, I didn't notice anything being slower afterwards.
  8. lanmtl

    lanmtl Addicted to LI Member

    Also, bear in mind that many websites (newspapers etc) use trackdoubler and co to track the number of clicks to external websites via their articles. Adblocking blocks trackdoubler, doubleclick etc thus you get a not found error when clicking through a legitimate link that wasn't an ad. I found that rather annoying and discarded the method all together.
    But seriously, why don't you try it and see for yourself? It's not like it takes more than 20-30 minutes to implement.
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