Pi hole plus
I am considering setting up a Pi-hole on my LAN.
I thought that rather than dedicating the pi to just that alone, maybe I could double up and use it for more than one job.
Probably not a good idea. Adding unnecessary complexity to what, in this case, really should be a "set it and forget it" type of appliance is a recipe for frustration.
Linux is great but the frequent updates (especially in libraries) can and do cause all sorts of strange and hard to diagnose interactions.
The cost should be minimal and easy to justify. Once it is originally setup it should probably run fine "headless" (i.e. no monitor or keyboard) and you should be able to login remotely to add any updates to the ignore/black hole database.
Okay, sounds like a disaster waiting to happen given my inexperience with Linux.
All I had in mind was a not-much-to-do sensor monitor which turned on a buzzer or light when triggered but rather than mess with a dedicated appliance I guess I can build another pi and use it as an experimental do-everything item.
The great thing about RPi is they are so cheap. You can easily justify using several for various purposes. I’m not positive, but I’m reasonably certain that even a RPi0 could easily handle the job.
And even the “Zero” should have plenty of excess power to do other stuff — BUT the Pi-Hole (of necessity) becomes an integral part of your network, and a reboot or even a slight hiccup will cause all sorts of problems across your whole network.
Having said that, I’m sure that many people do successfully run Pi-hole on all sorts of complicated configurations, but 4 decades of I.T. experience has made me a strong believer in the KISS principle.
I have Pi Hole running on a dedicated RasPi on my LAN here at my home. It runs headless and has been running for months in a just set and forget mode. In fact until I saw your posts, I had 'forgotten' I even had Pi Hole running on my LAN. It has been running flawlessly for months and may be in need of some updates.
I'm just a little hesitant to touch it. You know the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Like you say, If it ain't broke why give it some cash?
@will Or he would try to make it better by tacking on a lawn mower, wheelbarrow, duct tape, and God knows what else...
Probably a K car as a power source and snow fence as a belt to drive it from the rear tires 🙂