You Can Now Cleanse Your Internet Experience Of Ads With This Small White Box

You Can Now Cleanse Your Internet Experience Of Ads With This Small White Box

Advertisements are a vital part of what makes the Internet tick. Even though a lot of them are annoying and intrusive and ugly as hell, they provide websites (like us) with the cash flow needed to give you all the infotainment you can eat for free.

Sometimes those ads are just freaking horrific, and solutions like AdBlock make the web a better, more visually appealing place. Now you can get the hardware equivalent of ad-blocking software in a super portable box called AdTrap. 

If you just really loathe advertisements of all shapes and sizes, you can support the AdTrap Kickstarter fundraiser. AdTrap is an open-source device that blocks ads for all of your devices – even your iPad and iPhone. You just plug it into your cable modem and it magically strips your web experience of ads.

AdTrap isn’t all about death and destruction of the internet though. It also has a feature where you can select which websites you want to allow to show you advertisments. So if you do decide to spend the $99 for an AdTrap, make sure you add Cult of Mac to that list. Pretty please. Leander’s got kids to feed.

  • Rowanova

    I’d wonder if this could soon be bypassed with the big ad and search companies programming around it?

    I’d also question the wisdom of buying hardware like this when instead it’s so easy to turn on and turn off Ad Block. I use that with Safari and Firefox in my web surfing Windows XP laptop. It works amazingly well, not always 100%, but very good. And now additional hardware.

  • ActionableMango

    I’d also question the wisdom of buying hardware like this when instead it’s so easy to turn on and turn off Ad Block.

    Perhaps you missed the point about devices like the iPad and iPhone.

  • mclmike

    If this thing can block those long and annoying advertisement videos of Hulu Plus, YouTube and other video streaming services I will totally get one.

    I am also wondering if this can block ads in some of the free apps on smartphones and tablets.

  • zoomos

    The whole homepage of cult of mac is ad after ad after ad, infotainment? more like adfortainment.

  • hanhothi

    Shame I cannot get it on my iPad and stop all those adverts on CoM from constantly crashing Safari! Fact is, I have to reload all the time, and all those ads are eating my bandwidth so I am paying for it!

  • dcdevito

    will it work on http://www.cultofmac.com?

  • orangecl4now

    CoM is the biggest offender of mobile ads! They have video ads that start automatically. Ads with sounds, ads with animation, full page ads and more. I’m actually working with a company to block mobile ads on the iPhone using a service!

  • mclmike

    I’d wonder if this could soon be bypassed with the big ad and search companies programming around it?

    I’d also question the wisdom of buying hardware like this when instead it’s so easy to turn on and turn off Ad Block. I use that with Safari and Firefox in my web surfing Windows XP laptop. It works amazingly well, not always 100%, but very good. And now additional hardware.

    I think the point of it is to block all those ads outside of web browsers. There is no adblock for iPhone or iPad or other handheld devices, and if it can block the commercials on Hulu or other video services on your set-up box or game consoles. Also for people who only use Internet Explorer which don’t have any add-ons at all.

    It seems a little bit overpriced to me though. I will consider if it’s around $30-$40.

  • Cgs101

    an external device? $99??

    “LOL”

  • SpamStream

    I’ve been doing this on my pfSense router for years. I actually have to have two networks because this does break some websites that are useful. For instance, with something like this, any time you click a link on Dealnews, it treats it as an ad and blocks it completely, rendering Dealnews and sites like it completely useless.

  • SpamStream

    Also, this won’t work with SSL or VPN

  • ActionableMango

    For instance, with something like this, any time you click a link on Dealnews, it treats it as an ad and blocks it completely, rendering Dealnews and sites like it completely useless.

    There is no way to whitelist approved sites?

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