Mikrotik Managed Mode

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Airangel recommend using RouterOS from Mikrotik either via a Cloud Core Router appliance or virtualised.

The Captivnet managed mode was designed to make the powerful and complex features accessible to all whilst adding a security and compliance wrap. Captivnet manages the following core modules:

  • Interfaces
  • Network
  • Passthrough
  • DNS
  • Load Balancing
  • QOS
  • Routes
  • Firewall
  • VPN
  • Proxy
  • Logging - System
  • Logging - Lawful Intercept
  • SNMP
  • Admin


Diagram of the Mikrotik Managed Mode flow.

The M3 (Mikrotik Managed Mode) uses a poll update scheme. It’s Mikrotik that will contact Captivnet on a regular interval to update it’s configuration.


  • No public IP requirement
  • No complex VPN requirement
  • Auto healing
    • When Captivnet is not reachable the gateway will fall back to no authentication

Support Modes

Diagram of a Microtik Multi Node Cluster.
  • Standalone
  • Active/passive
  • Active/Active (using 2 LAN networks)
  • N- node active/active