Solstice Discovery Service (SDS) + DNS Resolution (Optional)

SDS and Solstice clients have been engineered to support direct network routing so that the IP address of the SDS host machine does not need to be configured. Although this requires modification to the DNS of the local network by the appropriate IT administrators, this approach has some advantages over a simple SDS installation:

  • Users are never required to enter an IP address to connect to a display. Instead, any user with a Solstice client will see a drop-down list of Solstice displays and can click to connect.
  • Visiting users whose client SDS has already been set for a different network will still discover the SDS on a network that has been configured with the SDS override.

Configuring SDS + DNS Resolution

There are two options for how to modify the local network’s DNS:

Using SDS + DNS Resolution

This direct network routing override method does not require the same IP address-related setup as the standard installation. If SDS is active and correctly routed on the network, the Solstice Dashboard will indicate this by changing the SDS tab logo from dark grey to bright green. By clicking on the SDS tab, the set of displays that are being added to SDS and published to client devices on your network can be viewed. Displays can still be added or removed from SDS on an individual basis by checking or unchecking the Publish display name to SDS feature on the configuration panel’s Network tab.

Both the Solstice Pods and the Solstice app communicate to SDS periodically using lightweight TCP/IP packets over ports 53200, 53201, and 53202, which will need to be allowed through the host machines’ firewalls and on the networks. Active displays periodically provide an entry to SDS that includes their current display name and a corresponding IP address. Likewise, client devices will receive a list of available displays from SDS at connection time, allowing users to see and simply click the desired display to connect. The corresponding IP address is then used to facilitate connection between the Solstice App and the display. Displays and apps will automatically attempt to resolve the IP address of the SDS using either of the above methods. No special configuration of the display or app is required.