Ads are not cool, right? That’s exactly what many of us think, and that’s why we use ad blocker browser extensions that give us an ad-free web experience. But browser extensions need to be manually installed in each browser, and on all devices. However, if you’re running several devices on a single network, then here’s a better option.
AdTrap works with all browsers
Enter AdTrap, a device that blocks advertisements from music and video streams, mobile apps and web pages that use a WiFi connection. The best part about this device is that it requires zero configuration, and all you need to do is simply plug it in between your router and modem. AdTrap works with all browsers and any Internet-enabled device. It not only blocks ads from your WiFi network, but also from your cellular networks. No ads means cleaner and faster website loading, and of course, less bandwidth usage from your ISP.
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While this device’s main function is to block ads, you can also allow certain websites to display ads, like a ‘white list’ function where you can define which websites will be able to display ads.
AdTrap is the result of Kickstarter
AdTrap is the result of Kickstarter, a crowd-funding site. Its Kickstarter campaign last year received more than $200,000 from a total of 1,868 backers. It is now available at a price of $139 from its website. The developers are also working to introduce these boxes at stores like Best Buy and Costco.
For those who would like to see the technical mumbo jumbo: this devices comes with an Arm Cortex-A8 720Mhz processor, 256MB DDR3, 2x 1000Mbps Ethernet, serial port, 1GB + USB storage, and it runs on open source Linux firmware.
So what is your opinion on this hardware-based ad filter? Would you spend $139 for an ad-free experience, or would you rather use a browser extension for the same task? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.