Paramagnetic complexes that show magnetically switchable properties show promise in a number of applications. A significantly underdeveloped approach is the use of metallocages, whose magnetic properties can be modulated through host-guest chemistry. Here we show such an example that utilises a simple [CuII2L4]4+ lantern complex. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetisation data shows an absense of exchange in the presence of the diamagnetic guest triflate. However, replacement of the bound triflate by ReBr62- switches on antiferomagnetic exchange between the Cu and Re ions, leading to an S = 1/2 ground state for the non-covalent complex [ReBr62-⸦CuII2L4]2+. Comparison of this complex to a “control” palladium-cage host-guest complex, [ReBr62-⸦PdII2L4]2+, shows that the encapsulated ReBr62- anions retain the same magnetic anisotropy as in the free salt. Theoretically calculated spin-Hamiltonian parameters are in close agreement with experiment. Spin density analysis shows the mode of interaction between the CuII and ReIV centres is through the Re-Br···Cu pathway, primarily mediated through the Cu(dx2-y2)|Brsp|Re(dyz) interaction. This is further supported by overlap integral calculations between singly occupied molecular orbitals (SOMOs) of the paramagnetic ions and natural bonding orbitals analysis where considerable donor-to-acceptor interactions are observed between hybrid 4s4p orbitals of the Br ions and the empty 4s and 4p orbitals of the Cu ions.