Frequently Asked Questions

AB-Solution FAQ

How to exclude a client from ad-blocking

Last update on 2017-02-28 by thelonelycoder.

In your router Web-UI, go to AiProtection/DNS-Filtering
- set 'Enable DNS-based Filtering' to ON
- set 'Global Filter Mode' to 'NO filtering'
- fill in 'Custom (user-defined) DNS 1' with, for example, Google's DNS 8.8.8.8
- select your client(s) in the Client List and set 'Filter Mode' 'Custom 1'
- click Apply

Now the client(s) in the Client list get the DNS from google and not from your router.

How can I block YouTube ads?

Last update on 2017-02-28 by thelonelycoder.

YouTube ads cannot be blocked with AB-Solution.

The technique to do that is beyond the capabilities what your router and AB-Solution can do.
Some users report they never see advertisements, and that is partially true for me as well.
Reasons can be many, but they are likely related to your location, your browsing habits and other unknown factors.

What does pixelserv-tls do and do I need it?

Last update on 2017-02-28 by thelonelycoder.

A standard AB-Solution installation blocks HTTP ads, meaning they were served from a Web-server running the HTTP protocol.
It may leave gaps in the web page where the blocked ad would show.

Nowadays, more and more (advertisement) servers run on the secure protocol, HTTPS, the one with the green lock pad in the URL bar.
The AB-Solution website runs on both versions, you likely see the green lock shown here.

The pixelserv-tls addon adds the capability to block these HTTPS ads as well.
And not only that, it fills the space left by blocked content with a pixel-sized image, hence the pixelserv name. The -tls stands for Transport Layer Security, HTTPS is the protocol name for it.

Why does it not block ads, I have AB-Solution installed

Last update on 2017-02-28 by thelonelycoder.

AB-Solution blocks all blocked domains in the blocking file and the blacklist (if you have any added there).

To do that, your device or browser needs to request the content directly through your router.

Make sure your devices DNS Server is your router's IP address.
This is in most cases the IP 192.168.0.1. But to be sure, check in the router Web-UI in LAN/LAN IP, it is the IP-address listed there.
The IP is also shown in the header in the AB-Solution UI, as shown in the image (here, the IP is 192.168.2.1).
This is done automatically by your device if you select to obtain the IP address automatically from the router's DHCP Server.

If you have set the device IP address manually, make sure the DNS Server is your router's IP address.
If you had to change this, clear the OS's and browser's cache and/or force reload the website with CTRL-F5 several times.

Ad-blocking WILL NOT work when your device uses an upstream DNS Server, like Google's 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4.

Can AB-Solution block by IP address?

Last update on 2017-03-01 by thelonelycoder.

No. Blocking only works with host/domain names.

Use other tools available for your router to block specific IP addresses or ranges.

Can I use uBlock or Adblock Plus filter lists in AB-Solution?

Last update on 2017-03-01 by thelonelycoder.

No. AB-Solution only works with hosts files with the blocking IP being 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1.

Filter lists in use by uBlock or Adblock Plus do not work in AB-Solution. See the difference between the two types in the Blocking file / Hosts files section.