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Diversion - the Router Ad-Blocker

gattaca

Senior Member
Thanks.
It was not enabled, so I did that. But I'm still having ads. I should be working on my old SmartTV, since I have used Adblocking DNS on it. What other settings do I have to to set in the router?
Diversion (with Pixelserv) won't get every ad but it gets a lot for use. With YT, it's wack-a-mole so all that "as-is/experimental". I also use the real UBLOCK in FF and Brave... I see very few annoying ads.
 

Xentrk

Part of the Furniture
The YouTube ad blocking feature is not working that great for me either. I found a Smart YouTube app that can be installed on Android devices that is supposed to block ads. I just installed in on my FireTV and will report back.

 

AntonK

Senior Member
The efficacy of Diversion's experimental YouTube blocking feature has been discussed ad nauseam since its release. It doesn't work well (no disrespect to the coder) period. It works, but not well. uBlock Origin is way more effective. I run Diversion mostly for its ability to filter on my wireless devices whose browsers don't take to addons well. On my Desktop, I use browser-based ad-blocking. It's what works.
 

HRearden

Occasional Visitor
I am trying to whitelist a few domains to get the amazon app working again. I am using the Standard file.
watched the logfile for blocked domains while I used the app, then tried to add them to the whitelist.
I found that when it searched the blocklist for the domain I entered, it would not find it, yet it would show up in the list of near match(es), even when I copied the name from the near miss list.
What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Rearden


no exact match found in blocking file for
mads.amazon-adsystem.com
no need to add it to the whitelist

found near match(es) in blocking file:

macro.adnami.io macshield8.club macskajaj.net macuser.uk.intellitxt.com macwelt.de.intellitxt.com macworld.uk.intellitxt.com mad.uk.intellitxt.com mad2.brandreachsys.com madadsmedia.com madagascaroasis.org madamenoire.moengage.com madamenoire.us.intellitxt.com madclient.uimserv.net madcpms.com madeinprl.pl madisonavenue.com madl-len.pl madmulla.duckdns.org madpenguin.us.intellitxt.com mads.amazon-adsystem.com
:: macro.adnami.io macshield8.club macskajaj.net macuser.uk.intellitxt.com macwelt.de.intellitxt.com macworld.uk.intellitxt.com mad.uk.intellitxt.com mad2.brandreachsys.com madadsmedia.com madagascaroasis.org madamenoire.moengage.com madamenoire.us.intellitxt.com madclient.uimserv.net madcpms.com madeinprl.pl madisonavenue.com madl-len.pl madmulla.duckdns.org madpenguin.us.intellitxt.com mads.amazon-adsystem.com
 

HRearden

Occasional Visitor
Something must have been off on my install. I did a force update and it seems to find things now. :)

I am trying to whitelist a few domains to get the amazon app working again. I am using the Standard file.
watched the logfile for blocked domains while I used the app, then tried to add them to the whitelist.
I found that when it searched the blocklist for the domain I entered, it would not find it, yet it would show up in the list of near match(es), even when I copied the name from the near miss list.
What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Rearden


no exact match found in blocking file for
mads.amazon-adsystem.com
no need to add it to the whitelist

found near match(es) in blocking file:

macro.adnami.io macshield8.club macskajaj.net macuser.uk.intellitxt.com macwelt.de.intellitxt.com macworld.uk.intellitxt.com mad.uk.intellitxt.com mad2.brandreachsys.com madadsmedia.com madagascaroasis.org madamenoire.moengage.com madamenoire.us.intellitxt.com madclient.uimserv.net madcpms.com madeinprl.pl madisonavenue.com madl-len.pl madmulla.duckdns.org madpenguin.us.intellitxt.com mads.amazon-adsystem.com
:: macro.adnami.io macshield8.club macskajaj.net macuser.uk.intellitxt.com macwelt.de.intellitxt.com macworld.uk.intellitxt.com mad.uk.intellitxt.com mad2.brandreachsys.com madadsmedia.com madagascaroasis.org madamenoire.moengage.com madamenoire.us.intellitxt.com madclient.uimserv.net madcpms.com madeinprl.pl madisonavenue.com madl-len.pl madmulla.duckdns.org madpenguin.us.intellitxt.com mads.amazon-adsystem.com
 

Yooshaw

Occasional Visitor
The YouTube ad blocking feature is not working that great for me either. I found a Smart YouTube app that can be installed on Android devices that is supposed to block ads. I just installed in on my FireTV and will report back.

I have Smart YouTube installed on my Nvidia Shield - not a single add since installed. Love it.
 

Nero

New Around Here
i am the only one who's diversion is not working at all i am new can someone help me ?
 

Xentrk

Part of the Furniture
I have Smart YouTube installed on my Nvidia Shield - not a single add since installed. Love it.
Used the app yesterday and not one ad. So far so good.
 

Xentrk

Part of the Furniture
i am the only one who's diversion is not working at all i am new can someone help me ?
Please provide router model, firmware version and symptoms or issues you are experiencing so we can be of assistance.
 

Nero

New Around Here
the router is RT-AC86U firmware:merlin 384.19 and the issue is i installed diversion and skynet but diversion its seems is not working to block ads at all maybe i misconfigured something. srry for bad english.
 

Nero

New Around Here
i followed a video on yt about install but for me is not working i tried reset the router reinstall all again remove my vpn change config in the router but no nothing. all ads is still there. is there something that i need to look specifically.
 

Centrifuge

Regular Contributor
s there something that i need to look specifically
When you open Diversion via AMTM does it look like this?
 

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Centrifuge

Regular Contributor
YES but the ads are present on every single device
Sounds like your requests are bypassing Diversion. Check your DNS filter setting under LAN that it is set to router, and connect to DNS server automatically under WAN is NO. Other than that system logs, and this site.

edit: also did you restore jffs after you updated to .19 according to directions in the changelog, there has been some reports of problems, for the 86U with that update that can effect scripts.
 
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Nero

New Around Here
after update i resetted all and reinstall from 0 everything
 

dave14305

Part of the Furniture
after update i resetted all and reinstall from 0 everything
Ensure diversion is working correctly by running this on the router:
Bash:
nslookup diversion-adblocking-ip.address 127.0.0.1
It should return your Pixelserv IP 192.168.187.8. If it does, you know that Diversion is integrated correctly with dnsmasq.

You mentioned a VPN earlier. How is it setup?
 

Xentrk

Part of the Furniture
i followed a video on yt about install but for me is not working i tried reset the router reinstall all again remove my vpn change config in the router but no nothing. all ads is still there. is there something that i need to look specifically.
Diversion will not work over the VPN tunnel if you have Accept DNS Configuration = Exclusive in the OpenVPN client screen. With this setting, dnsmasq is bypassed. Diversion requires dnsmasq. Set Accept DNS Configuration to disabled or strict.
 

Nero

New Around Here
Diversion will not work over the VPN tunnel if you have Accept DNS Configuration = Exclusive in the OpenVPN client screen. With this setting, dnsmasq is bypassed. Diversion requires dnsmasq. Set Accept DNS Configuration to disabled or strict.
yeah i read about that so just to make things easier i will remove the vpn for now completely just to find what is not working with diversion, i probably didnt config something correctly. because i alredy tried before setting up the vpn stuff but nada, in amtm its show diversion is working but on pc and smatphons ads are still there.how i said im new to this stuff so mybe i just didnt configured correctly something srry for bad english i am from italy.
 

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