Enable Sharing with Miracast

Screen mirroring for Windows devices is available through Solstice's support for Miracast streaming. This allows users to wirelessly mirror or extend their screen to the Solstice display in real-time without having to install an app.

Solstice's support for Miracast works in two stages. In the discovery stage, a Miracast-enabled device searches for active Miracast receivers nearby for the user to connect and stream to. This requires the Solstice Pod’s wireless network interface card to be enabled and not acting as a wireless access point. In the second stage, the device streams content to the Miracast receiver using either an existing network (Miracast over Existing Network) or a peer-to-peer wireless connection (WiFi Direct).

Solstice's Miracast support has three modes:

  • Over Existing Network/Infrastructure and WiFi Direct (recommended). Allows Pods to dynamically select best video streaming mode. Most robust device connection and setup configuration. Windows 8, Windows 10, and Android devices supported.
  • Over Existing Network/Infrustructure. Leverages existing network to support larger number of simultaneous Miracast users. All Miracast traffic is subjected to network security and monitoring. Windows 10 devices only supported.
  • WiFi Direct. Good for use cases where one Miracast device will be used at a time. Windows 8, Windows 10, Android devices supported.

Network Routing Requirements

The following network ports/routes are required to support Miracast streaming to Solstice Pods.

  • TCP port 7236: WiFi Direct control port used to establish and manage sessions between the source device and the Pod.
  • TCP port 7250: Port on which the Pod listens for Miracast packets when Over Existing Network mode is enabled.
  • UDP port 5353: If Miracast Over Existing Network mode is enabled, this port is used for multicast DNS (mDNS). mDNS is broadcast to the local subnet of each network interface the Pod is connected to. If the computer that is attempting to make an infrastructure connection is on a different subnet, this broadcast will fail. If this happens, a workaround is to create a DNS entry to the Pod’s hostname.
  • For for Gen2i Pods, confirm that port 32768:60999 is also open.
  • Ensure that the IP address space for WiFi Direct (192.168.49.*) is not behind a firewall.

Miracast may utilize any non-privileged UDP port from 1024 to 65535 for video streaming.

Important Considerations

  • Miracast requires that the Pod be located in close proximity to the display. Miracast discovery operates over a range of approximately 150–200 feet. Only Pods within this range will be displayed in the Miracast source list on the client device. 
  • There are many factors that can affect the performance of Miracast streaming. For more information on Miracast performance by configuration and use case, view the Miracast Performance Tech Note.

How To Enable Sharing with Miracast in Solstice Cloud

  1. Log in to Solstice Cloud. In the left sidebar navigation, expand the Manage category and select Pods.
  2. From the table, click the name of the Pod to be set up for Miracast. Scroll down to Template Configuration section and apply the following settings, according to your network configuration based on the table below.
    Pod's Network ConfigurationPod Configuration for Miracast in Solstice Cloud
    Ethernet Only (recommended)
    1. Expand the WiFi settings. Select Enable WiFi, choose Existing Network, and set Security Type to Open. This enables the wireless antenna for Miracast discovery. Do not enter an SSID to attach the WiFi interface to an existing network. This interface will remain idle and will only be used for the Miracast discovery stage. Use one of the Save options (see step 3 for details) to update the Pod.
    2. Expand the Features settings and select Enable Miracast Infrastructure and Enable Miracast WiFi Direct.
    Wirelessly Attached to Existing Network Only
    1. Select Enable Miracast Infrastructure.
    Ethernet + Wirelessly Attached to Existing Network
    1. Select Enable Miracast Infrastructure.
    Ethernet + Wireless Access PointMiracast not supported. When the Pod is acting as an access point, Miracast discovery cannot operate. Contact Mersive to discuss other options like attaching your Pod to an existing network.
    Wireless Access Point Only
  3. Save the Miracast settings changes with the option that best fits your situation:
    • Click Save as Unassigned to save the Pod's Features settings uniquely (not assigned to a template).
    • Click Save as New Template to create a Miracast-enabled Features template that other Pods can be assigned to in the Pods table.

How To Enable Sharing with Miracast in Solstice Dashboard

  1. Open Solstice Dashboard on a Windows computer. Select the Pod to be set up for Miracast from the list of Your Solstice Instances.
  2. Find the Pod's network configuration in the table below and apply the corresponding configuration in the Solstice Dashboard.
    Pod's Network ConfigurationPod Configuration for Miracast via Solstice Dashboard
    Ethernet Only (recommended)
    1. On the Network tab, enable Wireless Settings.
    2. Select Attached to Existing Network radio button to enable wireless antenna for Miracast discovery and click Apply. Do not attach the wireless interface to an existing network. This interface will remain idle and will only be used for the Miracast discovery stage.
    3. On the Appearance and Usage tab, enable Miracast – Stream video over WiFi Direct and over Existing Network.

    Wireless attached to existing network only

    1. On the Appearance and Usage tab, enable Miracast – Stream video over Existing Network.
    Ethernet + Wirelessly Attached to Existing Network
    1. On the Appearance and Usage tab, enable Miracast – Stream video over Existing Network.
    Ethernet + Wireless Access PointMiracast not supported. When the Pod is acting as an access point, Miracast discovery cannot operate. Contact Mersive to discuss other options like attaching your Pod to an existing network.
    Wireless Access Point Only
  3. Click Apply to update the Pod with Miracast settings changes.

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