ADGUARD HOME in-depth review

ADGUARD HOME in-depth review

Preamble

Adguard Home is a network range, used to intercept advertising and trackers, and all traffic controlling home networks. In general, the advertisement intercepting application used in a particular device or browser is totally different from the Adguard Home. You only need to set it, and AdGuard Home will overwrite all devices connected to WiFi at home. This way you don’t have to install any software for each device. In addition to intercepting advertising and trackers, AdGuard Home is also designed to have many other features, for example, encrypt your data, etc.

Adguard Home provides users with a convenient network interface. You can even easily manage traffic on your phone.

Adguard Home Interface

So how do AdGuard Home run? Simply put, it runs as a DNS server to send advertising and tracker domain names to “black hole”. In this way, avoid your device to connect to these servers. The design of Adguard Home is based on our multiple trials and a deep trusted software, which are also used in public servers. Therefore, two software have many of the same public code. Adguard Home can be used to control any internet access, including smart TV, smart refrigerator, and smart bulbs.

How to set up

Spreading: It is difficult to do.

Adguard Home has a lot of other software. But from the other hand, setting Adguard Home is not simple. You need some related technical knowledge and understand some core concepts. However, in any case, we still believe that you can do it! Let us see what choices do you have.

Set Adguard Home has several ways: on your router, on or on the VPS (Virtual Dedicated Server) or. The most direct way is to install the AdGuard Home on the wireless router at home. In general, your router uses the DNS server provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), but when you configure the adguard home on the router, all the operations will be controlled, and you can choose server.

Since then, the DNS traffic sent by all the devices in the family will pass adguard home, and in addition to you, no one can see or control your personal data. Select a reliable DNS server to initiate from tracker and malware intrusion and other convenient (see the function section for more information).

The second way is to install the AdGuard Home to the VPS (refer to the remote cloud server). This setting is relatively simple.

In fact, you can also install the AdGuard Home first install the VPS and then use it on the router. You will get the same configuration as the above method. However, the true potential benefit of this method is that you can directly set your device to use Adguard Home as DNS parsing. In other words, whether the connection is being used includes a home network, a work network or public WiFi, etc., all your mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, etc. are protected. If you often go online in different places, this should be your first choice! Please note that if you choose this way, you need to encrypt DNS traffic. Fortunately, AdGuard Home can provide users.

There are more ways to install Adguard Home:

Installing Ubuntu Appliance on Raspberry Party

For example, AdGuard Home has been provided as the maximum online resource of Ubuntu OS and related content in Ubuntu.com, Kevin Software Co., Ltd. KP Software Co. They choose one of Adguard Home, which makes us very proud. Kevil Software Co., Ltd. provides users with full steps installation tutorial, can teach you how to create AdGuard Home Ubuntu Appliance, setting up on your network, and start using Adguard Home, is the best choice for the user of the Raspberry.

Through the Snap Store

If you are Linux users, there is another simple way to get Adguard Home. It is through.

Features

Regular setting

We start from the first group called regular settings. After specifying this setting, it is applied to all devices connected to your network.

What can we configure?

Blocking the domain using the filter and HOSTS file

Allows you to apply interception rules. You can configure them in the filter tag.

Browse secure network services

This feature will intercept the known dangerous domain name request and prevent malicious and phishing websites.

Parental control

View DNS requests and block the domain name of the website with adult content.

Secure search

Remove Ùô related information from the search results of the search engine.

Log configuration

In fact, it is set. You can change the log retention period, allowing it anonymously to the IP address of the AdGuard Home, clear logging or disabling it.

Statistics configuration

Manage all statistics in the control board: You can choose a new report time interval value or clear all.

DNS settings

Let’s start from the first visible function, upstream DNS server, start. In fact, AdGuard Home is a DNS agent that sends your DNS request to the upstream server. In the AdGuard Home settings you can enter several upstream servers, or you can also enter a DNS server for parsing a specific domain name.

If you keep a string blank, AdGuard Home will use Quad9 by default. But you can also choose personal preference.

Let’s talk about additional features:

Load balancing – If your network connection is fast and stable, please keep this feature on.

Parallel Request – If your network connection is unstable or you use a few unstable DNS servers at the same time, this will be your first choice.

Speed ??IP address – if your country has stops IP (such as, wait), then this is your first choice. This feature helps users find not only the fastest, and effective addresses. Note: DNS is not equal to VPN, so there is no case in which IP is available.

Encryption settings

The purpose of this feature is obvious, but we still have to explain it. Users can only configure encrypted settings when using Adguard Home on VPS (Virtual Dedicated Server), making it more secure, and data is better protected. In this case, your DNS parser is outside your network, so it is best to protect it from third parties.

The default setting disables this feature because the user has a valid SSL certificate (purchased or automatically generated) for encryption. You can purchase it from a free certificate or from a reliable digital certificate certification authority.

After that, you can open encrypted and configure DNS-OVER-HTTPS or DNS-OVER-TLS in the settings.

Client settings

The network level filtering is one of the most critical features of the AdGuard Home.

Basically, the client refers to a device on the network. Using Adguard Home You can specify different settings separately for each client.

For example, the parents control or set other upstream DNS servers (including AdGuard Home DNS or CloudFlare) on their children’s mobile phones. Even (for example, Tiktok, Twitch et al.).

Create a client and set its name to see which device sends a request. Set the label (device type, operating system, and other tags) and identifier (IP or MAC address) to configure different filtering rules on all devices at home.

DHCP settings

DHCP () refers to a network protocol used to assign an IP address to a device that connects the network.

Each time you connect to WiFi, you get an automatically assigned an address on the line (in most cases, it is operated by router).

Now you can change the default DHCP server to an in-installation AdGuard DHCP server. As a result, all devices will be immediately configured as AdGuard Home. You can view on the control panel settings for DHCP. This allows you to configure the client more convenient.

In addition to the IP address, each device also has a MAC address (an address that cannot be changed, also known as “hardware address”). You can set the MAC address to the identifier. This will recognize what clients can be identified. Thus, you can easily set filtering on any device.

filter

If you have some understanding of other adGuard products, then you must know what is a filter. It refers to some rules sequences for filtration. The filter of the Adguard Home is as follows:

Intercept list

You can select a filter from the list of popular filter lists, including regional, secure, regular list.

Or you can also add a custom list (support local files and URLs). This list will be updated automatically. Please note: In the default mode, we only open the AdGuard DNS filter we own.

Allow list

Function is similar to the interception list, but the nature is opposite: unlock the domain name.

If there is a domain name to an interception and allowance list, you will get priority. For example, after using the *. EXample.com system or intercepts a series of domain names, you can unlock it. Redirect

It is an advanced tool for managing DNS requests. Allow users to resource specific DNS requests (such as eXample.org request, and their subdomain name) to a particular domain name or IP address. Click "Add DNS Rewriting" to view some examples and create a filter rules syntax hint.

Serious service

The pretented service has been mentioned in the section of the client settings. This feature allows users to quickly effectively block specific popular websites and servers. Although the settings specified as specific devices can be set through the client settings, in the filter tag, you can apply all settings simultaneously on the device of all link networks.

First, go online:)

Custom filter rules

In addition to intercepting / allowing lists, you can also set DNS filtering through more and more complex custom filters. They need to be created with special to create, allow you to block or unlock all domain names that meet specific expressions. It also supports basic 'hosts' grammar.

Query log

The most interesting feature of Adguard Home is to query logs, which is a task console that sends DNS requests on your personal indoor network.

All devices (clients) connected to the domain name can be displayed on the same software, including what your child is watching, smart refrigerator trying to send data to where, your notebook is working on what tracking request, etc.

You can also manually block / allow requests. This will automatically create a new filtering rule (options for custom filtering rules in the filter).

Summarize

Advertising interception and tracker protection show us that online-level solutions like Adguard Home are undoubtedly the future. They not only provide users with filtering content, but also provide a lot of necessary tools to change the Internet in their own needs. In this company and the government, you are eager to control your personal data world, you can't find a better protector than yourself.

We know that the current look of Adguard Home is not easy to be installed and set, which is more suitable for users with advanced users or prior art knowledge reserves (although we provide extremely comprehensive guidelines). However, this is just the first step. The first choice for AdGuard Home becomes thousands of households is our true mission.

Therefore, if you are a generous, we believe that you will definitely in love with the function of Adguard Home!

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