Step 6: Set Up Display Discovery
Display discovery refers to the ability for a user to "discover" what Solstice Pod displays are available to connect to without knowing the Pod's IP address. By default, Solstice utilizes UDP broadcast packets to enable discovery. Broadcast discovery is recommended only for single network configurations that do not use a switch and that allow UDP broadcast traffic. Mersive strongly recommends utilizing Solstice Discovery Service (SDS), especially if broadcast discovery needs to be disabled.
SDS is a lightweight network application for display discovery and only requires a simple, one-time setup. SDS populates a user's Solstice app with a list of Pod displays available on the network, allowing them to simply click to connect. Network administrators can also configure DNS resolution on their networks to work with SDS, allowing users to enter a Pod's domain name rather than its IP address to connect. For more information on how to implement and configure SDS, see Solstice Discovery Service (SDS).
- Solstice Disovery Service must be installed on a Windows machine with a static IP address running Windows 8 or 10, or a Windows Server running 2012 R2 or later, and a quad core processor with a minimum of 12GB RAM. A Windows 2016 Server may be used if desktop experience is enabled.
- Visit mersive.com/download/get-sds.
- Under Newest Version (recommended), click the link for the latest version of SDS. The installer will be downloaded.
- Run the SolsticeDiscoveryServiceSetup_[version_number].exe installer on the Windows host machine or Windows server and step through the InstallShield wizard until SDS is installed.
If you already know the static IP address of the Windows machine with SDS installed, move on to step 3 below.
To find your IP address, open a Command Prompt window, type ipconfig, and hit Enter. The IP address is listed in the results that appear.
Creating a Discovery template allows you to easily configure SDS for all of your Solstice Pods managed in Solstice Cloud.
- In the left sidebar navigation panel of Solstice Cloud, click Manage > Templates > Discovery.
- Either open the Default template, or click Create New Discovery Template and enter a descriptive Template Name.
- Uncheck Broadcast display name on network and ensure that List display to SDS is checked.
- In the SDS Host 1 field, enter the SDS host machine’s IP address.
A second SDS host can be listed for Solstice displays that are attached to two networks using Solstice’s dual-network capability. Displays attached to two networks will require an SDS host machine on each network in order to utilize SDS (order does not matter).
- Click Save.
For users to see Solstice displays listed in the SDS directory, each user will need to do a one-time configuration to enter the SDS host IP address in their Solstice app’s Settings. After entering the SDS host, the user will be able to see Solstice displays available for connection every time they open the app.
If centrally deploying the app to end-users using MSI or SCCM, SDS information can be pre-configured during the installation process. For more information on MSI and SCCM installations, see
Alternatively, if you have already applied SDS information to your Solstice Pods and displays, as described in step 3 above, SDS will be automatically configured in a user's app when they connect to one of these displays by entering the display's URL in the app's search bar.