Mikrotik CAPsMAN Wireless Controller Configuration and Setup

Mikrotik CAPsMAN Wireless Controller Configuration (Last Updated On: August 1, 2018)

MAnaging and monitoring Access point from the single point is the great way to avoid network error and complications. Mikrotik CAPsMAN a free access point controller system for all Mikrotik AP and routers. see here a simple user guide to starting your AP monitoring and managing with Mikrotik CAPsMAN Wireless Controller Configuration with pictures.

Mikrotik CAPsMAN Wireless Controller Configuration and Setup

CAPsMAN stands for Controlled Access Point system Manager which allows centralization management and configuration of the wireless network. It makes a bigger wireless network easy to manage and configure with the single point. CAPsMAN supports the single point firmware up gradation, logging, seamless roaming data logs and other function which make access point management easy.

CAPsMAN support on the Mikrotik Access point and can run with any RouterOS device from v6.11 firmware version and no wireless interface required. To use CAPsMAN feature device should at least Level4 RouterOS license. CAPsMAN can run with NAT as well as bridge mode and no IP configuration necessary at AP side.

Limitations of CAPsMAN

Unlimited CAPs (access points) supported by CAPsMAN.

32 Radios per CAP can manage.

32 Virtual interfaces per master radio interface support.

The configuration of CAPs simple and easy and it should use when using more than 10 Access point in the single network. Monitoring and managing wireless network quite easy and fast roaming network while moving one AP to next AP.

Requirements

You can use any device with router OS v6.11 and upper with level 4 license. CAPsMAN can run inside Access point itself if not want to use any dedicated router for Controlled Access Point system Manager.

CAP to CAPsMAN Connection Physical Diagram

I am using Mikrotik RB-750Gr router board to configure CAPsMAN.

My internet comes in INTERNET port (E1) and CAP controller out interface is Ethernet 2.

Simple CAPsMAN setup

Mikrotik Controlled Access Point system Manager configuration steps

The configuration of the Controller in Mikrotik divide into 2 parts.

1: CAPsMAN configuration

1.1: Enable CAPs Manager

1.2: Add Channel

1.3: Add DataPath

1.4: WiFi security config

1.5: Wireless config

1.6: Provisioning rules

 2: Access Point configuration

2.1: Enable CAPs

2.2: Configure the CAPs interface and discovery interface


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follow the steps to setup Mikrotik controller for your Access point centralize management server.

1:1 Enable Caps Manager in Router

Login your Mikrotik Router board Device with Winbox.

See the CAPsMAN option in the left side menu second option

If no CAPsMAN option in menu please make sure your firmware version router OS v6.11 or upper. Try upgrading your router if not find.

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1: Now Go to CAP interface.

2: Click on Manager Button.

3: Enable: checkbox to enable and press apply ok button.

 CAPsMANv2 Wireless APs Controller by MikroTik

 

After Enabling CAPs now proceed next steps.

 

1.2: Add Channel for Mikrotik CAPs

Now add the channel to provide for AP in the network.

If you are using Dual-band Access point and Single band AP please add both band channels. Here I am showing only 2.4 GHz channel adding. Repeat the same steps to add more channel and bands.

1: go to Channel tab  and press plus (+) button

2: New CAPs Channel – Name– type the channel name

Frequency – type frequency. Use 2412,2437 and 2462 for 2.4 GHz to avoid overlapping.

Control Channel width: if your network bandwidth less then 50 Mbps use the 20 else use 20/40 MHz

Band: for 2.4 G use 2 GHz b/g/n and for 5G use 5Ghz a/b/n/ac

Press the Apply button to save.

mikrotik capsman auto channel

 

1.3: Add DataPath to Caps

Data path to decide how your traffic goes to Access Point, you have to choose interface here to select datapath CAPs controller to CAPs AP.

Go to Datapaths tab and press Plus (+) button

 

 New CAPs Datapaths Configuration

1: Name – give the name you want to for datapaths

2: Bridge: select the interface you have added in Bridge to connect your Caps AP networks. If you are using the router with more than 3 LAN port use the bridge to use all port in bridge paths.

3: Local forwarding and client to client forwarding rules ( if you want to create any forwarding)

4: IF your network running in VLAN you can use VLAN id and VLAN Type with this option to use multiple services.

mikrotik capsman local forwarding

1.4: WiFi security configuration for CAPs

Security is the most important part of configuration because it is provided you a secured wireless networks.

Go to Security cfg. Tab and press plus (+) button

 

New CAPs Security Configuration

  • Name: use the name for security profile ( EXP- 2.4G security key)
  • Authentication Type: use WPA PAS and WPAS2PSK ( recommended)
  • Encryption – use aes CCM
  • Passphrase: type password here

Press Apply and OK button to confirm

To add security for 5 GHz wireless repeat same steps again with plus (+) button.

mikrotik wifi managed by capsman

 

 

1.5: Wireless configuration CAPsMAN.

Now the step to configure wireless SSID and wireless name which trigger to CAPs access points.

Inside wireless, we have to choose the configured parameter like security profile, channels and data paths. So wireless configuration has 3-4 tabs to configure.

Go to configuration tab and use + plus button to add Wireless settings.

1: Wireless

Name: type the name of the WiFi network to identify in the controller.

Mode– AP

SSID: Type the Wifi name to connect from mobile

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2: Channel  

Now click on the channel tab to and choose the channel you have added.

 mikrotik capsman create dynamic enabled

3: Datapath

Now click on “Datapaths” tab

Choose the Datapaths you have created.

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4: Security

Go to Security tab to select the security profile you have created for both the wireless bands.

Select the security profile you and click Apply OK

mikrotik capsman dual band

Now the final steps provisioning will configure CAPs controller side.

Click to Provisioning tab from CAPsMAN

Press the + Plus button to create new rules.

Radio MAC: keep this as it is ( it will show AP mac in the list)

  • Action: choose to Create dynamic enabled
  • Master configuration: select the Wireless configuration you have created

Salve Configuration: this is for Virtual AP configuration (if any VAP configuration)

  • Name format: choose the name you want to get in Caps register AP list.

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Till now your Controller side configuration completed. Now configuration of AP side required.


2: Access Point configuration for CAPs

 Login access point with Winbox and follow the steps to enable CAPs.

2.1: Enable CAPs

After login click the Wireless from left side setting menu.

Press the CAP button as shown below image.

 如何配置mikrotik capsman

 

Enable the CAP with check the box

1: Interface: choose the Wireless interface to Enable CAPs

2: Discovery interface: select the interface you are connecting AP to switch from CAPsMAN controller accessible.

3: Bridge: choose the mode interface. If you have created the different bridge on Bridge option selected the same.

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Apply and OK after all settings.

If you are using Dual-band Access Point than repeat the CAPs enable setting again for WLAN2 interfaces.

After enabling CAPs on Access Point interface will be disabled and managed by CAPsMAN controller.

CAPsMAN configuration for multiple vlan and multiple SSID

After a few minutes, you can check in your controller AP will start showing in CAPs option.

CAPSMAN di cunfigurazione per multiple vlan è multiple SSID

Conclusion:

CAPsMAN is the excellent way to manage your larger wireless network from the centralized location without physically monitoring device up and down status. It allows you to upgrade reboot, reset and configuration from single points. So if you are using more than 10 Access point must use CAPsMAN access point controller to make an easy network. to setup and configuration tutorials see Mikrotik CAPsMAN Wireless Controller Configuration complete in this post.

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