We’ve shown you how to remove ads from native Windows 8 apps, but how much would you be willing to pay for an Internet without ads? If your answer was close to $139, you’re in luck. Meet AdTrap, a new device that promises to block all online ads, whether on your computer or on your mobile.
At its most basic, AdTrap is a firewall for online advertisements that sits between your modem and your router, filtering out commercials. The little white box is a small, zero-configuration device that works with video and music streaming services, regular web pages and almost anything else with ads. You can use it on your desktop, mobile phone, PS3, Boxee, Apple TV or server. And it works on any browser.
It’s not just banner ads that AdTrap blocks. It works with YouTube to block those unskippable commercials and eliminates in-game ads on your Android device. Mashable says it has a few problems with Hulu that are being worked on, but there are other ways to stop Hulu ads.
The device is also open-source and ready for hacking. Running on Linux, it’s powered by an ARM Cortex A8 720MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 1GB storage and has 2 Gigabit NICs. While its ideal config is with a separate modem and router, it works with all-in-one modem-router combos too.
Additionally, it allows users to support their favourite websites by making a whitelist of portals where ads will show up — ads are what run those businesses, after all.
At a time when sites like Instagram are considering ads as a revenue model, this could be a revolutionary device. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the gizmo is now ready to be purchased from the company’s website for $139, and it ships globally.