@lesbianhacker What you need is a computer (any computer, it doesn't need much in terms of resources), which a static IP address.
That's all you need really. Then you just need to read up on how it works, but it's not very complicated.
@loke Oh sweet, if that's the only equipment I need then I'm set. I've got a raspberry pi, I'll have to dust it off. Thanks!
@lesbianhacker If you want reverse lookup to work, you need to work with the ISP so that they delegate the reverse lookups to your server. That's probably the hardest part.
That said, reverse lookups are not really something that is needed.
@loke Would reverse lookups stop working entirely if I didn't do that? Or could a fallback DNS server handle it?
I've used it before, but if I have to do without it I don't see it being too much of a hassle.
@loke Oh, okay. I'm only really planning to use this as a way to filter domains that I'd rather not allow my computers to connect to (certain advertising agencies, maybe Facebook eventually), and any sites I actually want to reach I'll be relying on an established DNS.
I'm not planning to allow anyone on the outside of my network to connect to the server. If my ISP does end up playing middleman I'll just have to deal with it lol
Then it's even easier. You don't have to do anything, since you just configure your local machines to connect to your DNS, and you configure it to forward any requests for unknown domain names to the upstream server.
I don't have a tutorial (because I haven't gone out and looked for one yet) but /etc/hosts doesn't let you use wildcard characters, so instead of *.facebook.* I would have to manually add each variation.
There are hundreds of them, and I'd have to make sure to update them every time a new one appeared.
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