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Fix Xbox Live Achievements not popping up when using Pi-Hole

About: I’ve been using Pi-Hole on my Raspberry Pi for the past year to block ad’s on my whole network. It works great however some of the ad blocking lists end up blocking the Xbox Live servers which cause weird issues like being unable to update your Xbox or unable to access Netflix or Youtube or just simply not allowing you to connect to the Xbox Live servers. I have compiled a list of domains that should be white-listed to avoid these issues, check out the white-list here.

The issue I was having was my achievements would take up to a week to show completed and show up on my Xbox. I usually don’t play many games that unlock achievements but I was suspicious when the achievements would unlock at random times, often when I am not even playing the game. I did some investigating and seeing what domains were being blocked on my Pi-Hole while the Xbox was sitting idle and found a few Microsoft domains that were being blocked. I compiled the short list below.

Objective: To fix Xbox Live achievements not showing up when using Pi-Hole due to blocking of Microsoft servers.

Material: You will need the following:

  • Xbox One (Click the link to check out the price on Amazon. Usually under $250 with free shipping and some bundles let you choose your own game)

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How to Whitelist Xbox Live on Pi-Hole

About: I have been using Pi-Hole on my home network for the past 3 months and it has been working great. It blocks ad’s network wide at home. For example, I can play games on my Ipad and won’t see any ads on the bottom of the screen. If I am watching YouTube, I see no ads before a video plays. It’s great and I don’t think I can ever go back. Check out my tutorial on How to Install Pi-Hole here.

Recently, Pi-Hole has been working great on my Xbox One, until one day it started to take forever to log into Xbox Live and sometimes it never did. Eventually, my Xbox One was unable to connect to Xbox Live at all. The only app that worked was Netflix, not even YouTube would start. I did some trouble shooting and found Pi-Hole has updated one of it’s ad lists which includes Xbox Live services. I did some research and got some help from Reddit user /u/Palmer11 who compiled a whitelist of addresses to add to Pi-Hole. If you are having trouble connecting to Xbox Live while running Pi-Hole this should hopefully work for you, and clear this issue up.

Objective: To whitelist blocked Xbox Live service domains on Pi-Hole

Material: You will need the following:

  • Raspberry Pi (Click the link to check out the price on Amazon. Usually around $37 with free shipping)
  • Pi-Hole

Instructions: You will only need one command to do this. Simply SSH into your Pi-Hole server and type the following command

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