Note: While we do provide technical support and step by step guidance, Beambox self-install guides are generally written for IT consultants and those who are familiar with managing their own networks.

Using this step by step guide, you will quickly be able to create or edit an existing MikroTik wireless network with your Beambox WiFi login.

Prerequisites

Before getting started, here's a checklist of the things you will need.

  • Active MikroTik hardware to configure and test
  • Access to configure MikroTik through either WinBox or CLI
  • Familiarity with your network topology and MikroTik management
  • Your login URL, which can be found on your Beambox dashboard

Installing Beambox on your MikroTik networks using WinBox

To get started, connect to your MikroTik management section using WinBox. Use your router IP and login details to connect.

Create a new virtual interface

Wireless > WiFi Interfaces > New Virtual Interface

In the 'General' tab, make the following changes.

  • Name - beambox_wlan

In the 'Wireless' tab, make the following changes.

  • Mode - ap bridge
  • SSID - Your network name

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Create a new bridge

Bridge > Bridge > New

In the 'General' tab, make the following changes.

  • Name - bridge-beambox

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Next, head to the Bridge > Ports > Add New tab.

In the 'General' tab, make the following changes

  • Interface - beambox_wlan
  • Bridge - bridge-beambox

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Setup the IP address for your bridge

IP > Addresses > New

Make the following changes.

  • Address - 10.5.0.1/22
  • Network - 10.5.0.0
  • Interface - bridge-beambox

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Add an IP pool

IP > Pool > New

Make the following changes.

  • Name - pool-beambox
  • Addresses - 10.5.0.2-10.5.3.254
  • Next pool - none

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Create a new DHCP server

IP > DHCP Server > Networks > New

Make the following changes.

  • Address - 10.5.0.0/22
  • Gateway - 10.5.0.1
  • DNS Servers - 10.5.0.1

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Next, head to the IP > DHCP Server > DHCP > New tab.

In the 'Generic' tab, make the following changes.

  • Name - server1
  • Interface - bridge-beambox
  • Address Pool - pool-beambox

Check your DNS settings

IP > DNS

Ensure that there are no conflicting DNS settings, as this could prevent the captive portal from working as expected.

Configure RADIUS

RADIUS > New

In the 'General' tab, make the following changes.

  • Service - hotspot
  • Address - 64.227.44.68
  • Protocol - udp
  • Secret - 66987723
  • Authentication Port - 1812
  • Accounting Port - 1813
  • Timeout - 300

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Create the Hotspot Profile

IP > Hotspot > Server Profiles > New

In the 'General' tab, make the following changes.

  • Name - beambox-profile
  • DNS Name - beambox.beambox
  • HTML Directory - flash/hotspot

In the 'Login' tab, make the following changes.

  • Login By - HTTP PAP

In the 'RADIUS' tab, make the following changes.

  • Use RADIUS -
  • Accounting -

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Create the Hotspot Server

IP > Hotspot > Servers > New

Make the following changes.

  • Name - server-beambox
  • Interface - bridge-beambox
  • Address Pool - pool-beambox
  • Profile - beambox-profile

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Add your login page IPs to the walled garden

IP > Hotspot > Walled Garden > New

Make the following changes.

  • Dst. Host - The domain (See below)

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

This step must be repeated for the following domains, you will need to create a walled garden entry for each. This will enable guests to access the login page before they are authorised.

Required domains

yourhotspot.net
beambox.com
*.amazonaws.com

Facebook domains

facebook.com
*.facebook.com
*.fbcdn.net
facebook.net
*.facebook.net
*.akamaihd.net

Twitter domains

twitter.com
api.twitter.com
*.twimg.com
*.akamaihd.net

Replace the default login.html file

Files > File List

On your Beambox dashboard, view the self-install details for your MikroTik location and click the 'Download login.html' button.

Now, drag the downloaded login.html file to the MikroTik 'flash/hotspot' folder. The final path should be 'flash/hotspot/login.html'.

Create a new NAT rule

IP > Firewall > NAT > New

In this example, ether1 is a WAN interface. In the 'General' tab, make the following changes.

  • Chain - scrnat
  • Out. Interface - ether1

In the 'Action' tab, make the following changes.

  • Action - masquerade

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Create a new DHCP client

IP > DHCP > New

In the 'DHCP' tab, make the following changes.

  • Interface - ether1
  • Use Peer DNS -
  • Use Peer NTP -
  • Add Default Rout - yes

Save the changes by clicking 'OK'.

Troubleshooting

Stuck in a loop when connecting to the network

If you are getting stuck in a loop during the captive portal authentication, this is typically an issue with older versions of MikroTik which are not compatible with our integration.

To fix this problem, ensure that your device firmware is up to date.

Other issues

We aren't currently aware of any other configuration incompatibilities with Beambox and MikroTik. If you face any issues, we recommend replicating the exact set up described above and then observe any changes.

Get in touch with our team if need help diagnosing your network.

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