WireGuard® is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN. WireGuard is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and super computers alike, fit for many different circumstances. Initially released for the Linux kernel, it is now cross-platform (Windows, macOS, BSD, iOS, Android) and widely deployable. It is currently under heavy development, but already it might be regarded as the most secure, easiest to use, and simplest VPN solution in the industry. https://www.wireguard.com
Follow up for my post How to host OpenVPN and Pi-hole on Ubuntu 18.04 VPS. This is a guide to set up wireguard + pi-hole for your own private ad blocking VPN.
Run these scripts:
wget https://git.io/wireguard -O wireguard-install.sh && bash wireguard-install.sh
Follow this setup:
Welcome to this WireGuard road warrior installer! I need to ask you a few questions before starting setup. You can use the default options and just press enter if you are ok with them. What IPv4 address should the WireGuard server use? 1) Your IPv4 address should show up here 2) other local IP IPv4 address : 1 What port do you want WireGuard listening to? Port : 51820 Tell me a name for the first client. Client name [client]: client Which DNS do you want to use for this client? 1) Current system resolvers 2) 22.214.171.124 3) Google 4) OpenDNS 5) NTT 6) AdGuard DNS : 2 We are ready to set up your WireGuard server now. Press any key to continue...
Wireguard should start automatically after you ran the script. If not you can check by
systemctl status firstname.lastname@example.org
Restart Wireguard services:
systemctl restart email@example.com
Note down Wireguard’s IP:
ip a show dev wg0 10.7.0.1/24 // note this address
Note down your default gateway IP address:
ip r | grep default default via XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX dev eth0 onlink // note this address
Run this script:
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
Follow the instruction to set up pi-hole:
- Installing dependencies
- The following step is important, make sure to select
wg0as the interface
- Choose the DNS provider Pi-hole will use.
- Choose the protocols available to you
- This following step is important, make sure to choose
noso we can assign our internal address which is
10.7.0.1/24. This is the static address VPN will use to talk to Pi-hole
- Enter the ipv4-gateway you noted down
- There are a few more steps but I just choose the default settings.
Test DNS settings
Run this script
host google.com 10.7.0.1 # Output from host google.com 10.7.0.1 google.com has address 126.96.36.199 google.com has IPv6 address 2607:f8b0:4005:80b::200e google.com mail is handled by 10 aspmx.l.google.com. google.com mail is handled by 20 alt1.aspmx.l.google.com. google.com mail is handled by 30 alt2.aspmx.l.google.com. google.com mail is handled by 40 alt3.aspmx.l.google.com. google.com mail is handled by 50 alt4.aspmx.l.google.com.
Our Wireguard + Pi-hole still see google.com’s public IPs properly
This time run
host pagead2.googlesyndication.com # Output from host pagead2.googlesyndication.com pagead2.googlesyndication.com has address 0.0.0.0 pagead2.googlesyndication.com has IPv6 address :: pagead2.googlesyndication.com is an alias for pagead46.l.doubleclick.net.
pagead2.googlesyndication.com as the domain is in its blacklist.
Generate Wireguard Client Config File
Configure Wireguard to use Pi-hole DNS
Edit your wireguard client conf file and update the DNS servers setting with Pi-hole internal address. In my case it is
Test From Browser
After connecting to your VPN using Wireguard client. Go to this address http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com, if everything works correctly you will see this:
You can go to
http://pi.hole/admin once you are connected to the VPN and see some of Pi-hole’s stats. The result is mind-boggling. Almost half of my traffic is to serve ads.
Pi-hole is a good solution to fight against ads on the internet. You should give it a try. That said not all ads are bad. Some creators are reliant on ads as their source of income. If you have someone you support, consider whitelisting the ads for the good cause.