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Mikrotik Manual Configuration

This article describes installation and configuration steps for Mikrotik routers using WinBox.

Winbox is a small utility that allows administration of Mikrotik RouterOS using a fast and simple GUI. It is a native Win32 binary, but can be run on Linux and MacOS (OSX) using Wine. Configuration applies to Mikrotik routers with RouterOS L4 and beyond.


Please reset Mikrotik router to factory settings to avoid problems with some previous configuration.

Connect your computer using LAN cable from the Ethernet port on your Laptop / PC to the PoE In port on the Mikrotik router.
Winbox loader can be downloaded directly from the router or from the Mikrotik download page.
When downloading from the router, open a web browser and enter router’s IP address and RouterOS welcome page will be displayed.
Click on the menu item that says Winbox to download winbox.exe from MikroTik download server.

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From the menu select IP – Services, and enable API and www-ssl . Be sure that DHCP server is enabled.

When winbox.exe is downloaded, double click on it and winbox loader window will pop up.

Mikrotik Manual Setup2Select the Neighbors tab on the WinBox application and click Refresh.

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Select the router with the correct MAC Address from the Neighbors list and enter:
Username: admin
Password leave blank
Click Connect.
Upon successful connecting, you will get following screen.

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Configuring parameters

Set the Identity of the router from System – Identity.

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The identity will usually be the MAC address of the router.
Please note this down on a piece of paper as this will be required during the setup of cloud service.
Next step is to set Bridge on the Mikrotik router.
Click Bridge from left menu and then Add (+) button.
Change the name to the desired name e.g “AptecHotelBridge” and click Apply and OK.

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Select created Bridge from previous step.
Press Ports tab and click Add (+) button.
In Interface field select ether2-master-local and press Apply and OK.

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Next step is to create HotSpot.
From left menu select IP – HotSpot section.
Press on HotSpot Setup button.
As HotSpot Interface select Bridge that you have created previously, in our example it is “AptecHotelBridge” and press Next.

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New window will give you information of HotSpot address for interface.
Press the Next button.

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From new window select IP pool of a network or use already set default values and press the Next button.

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If you don’t use specific SSL certificate for your HotSpot select none and press Next button.

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IP address of SMTP Server is set to
Press the Next button to continue with the setup.

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DNS configuration allow you to set DNS Name and it can be defined as below.

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Please note that the DNS name must contain a “.” in it.
For example aHotspotDNS.
Press the Next button.

Last step in HoSpot configuration is creating local HotSpot user.
Set Username and Password as desired and click Next button.

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Press OK to confirm and complete HotSpot Setup.

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Next step is creation of Server Profile.
Press Server Profile tab.
Select the Server with the DNS Name assigned in the previous step by double clicking.

From Login tab select to use HTTP CHAP, HTTP PAP, HTTPS and press Apply and OK button.

Go to Radius tab and select Radius checkbox, and then click Apply and OK.

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Next step is setup and configuration of Radius Server.
Select Radius from left menu and then press Add (+) button.
Here you must set following:
Select a hotspot option.
Secret: (it will be communicated by Start Hotspot office)
Timeout: 3000
Authentication Port: 1812
Accounting Port: 1813
Press Apply and OK.

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Next step is to set and configure DHCP server.
From left side menu select IP – DHCP Server.
DHCP client is properly set if it is configured for ether1 Interface.
In such case you don`t need to change anything.

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If ether1 is not selected as Interface, you should disable DHCP Server and set it from start.
DHCP client is set-up on ether1 as part of the default configuration, check that from left side menu IP – DHCP Client.
If DHCP client is up on ether1 then no further action is needed.

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In case there is a DHCP Client existing then you can edit that, else create a new one by clicking on Add (+) button.
Interface: Select ether1-gateway.

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Click Apply and OK.

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Next step is to configure Walled Garden for the Hotspot.
Select IP – Hotspot from the left side menu and then select the Walled Garden tab and add domains by clicking on the Add (+) button one by one.

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Add the following in the Dst. Host one by one:


Click here for Mikrotik Walled garden script.

Please note that all the sites / URLs that need to be whitelisted need to be added here.
For example in the case the lodge will be taking payments using paypal then the PayPal website will have to add here as well.
The hotel may also wish for their homepage to be added to this list.
NOTE: Any sites added here will be accessible without passing through the Antamedia data counters, but will still be billed by your ISP.

The last step in Mikrotik configuration over Winbox is a replacement of default login.html file.

Download login.html

From left menu select Files and replace the following file:

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In case that Mikrotik requires the password to connect a user to SSID, please disable security like WPA, etc. It is a common practice to allow users to connect without a password as the portal controls Internet access.


As some of our customers noted, in some cases Mikrotik router cannot be manually reset to the factory settings using the reset button. Some settings may appear active but instead are not enabled.
To solve this issue, login to the Mikrotik router using Winbox and reset it to the factory settings.

For example: If you enabled www-ssl in IP-Services but Mikrotik is not redirecting to Splash page via https: // and can still connect using http: //, reset to defaults using Winbox.

After reset be sure that from the Quick Setup menu you have Router Mode and Address Aquisition set to default.

Default settings:
Mode: Router
Address Aquisition: Automatic
DHCP and NAT should be enabled.

When Quick setup is done, from the Winbox left menu select IP – Services, and enable API and www-ssl. Save changes and continue with the setup using RouterAdmin.

If you need help with configuration, please go to starthotspot.com and contact our tech support. We’ll be glad to help you.

Updated on October 11, 2019

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