Introduction to Solstice Discovery Service (SDS)

The Solstice Discovery Service (SDS) is an IT-friendly, non-broadcast mechanism that allows users to discover and click-to-connect to Solstice displays from their own devices to start sharing content. Without SDS, users on networks that don’t allow broadcast traffic are required to enter a Solstice display's IP address each time they want to connect. We realize not every network allows broadcast traffic, so we built SDS to make connecting to a Solstice display fast and easy for users on those networks.

The Solstice Discovery Service is a free software that must be installed on a Windows computer or Windows server attached to the same network as your Solstice Pods and Windows Software displays. Each Solstice Pod or Software display is configured (either en masse via the Solstice Dashboard or individually through the local configuration panel) to point to the IP address of the machine SDS is installed on, which allows the Pods and Software displays to publish their information to the SDS directory.

Users point their Solstice App to that same SDS host machine’s IP address (or they can inherit that setting from the first SDS-configured display they connect to) to see every available Solstice display listed in the SDS directory. The result is the easy click-to-connect experience without the network congestion or security concerns associated with broadcast traffic.

Do I Need SDS?

If you are a small office with a network that allows UDP broadcast traffic, you do not need SDS. Solstice’s broadcast discovery will list Solstice displays available for connection in your Solstice client application without any further action required. Typically, SDS is used when multiple Solstice displays are deployed on an enterprise network (or any network that does not allow UDP broadcast traffic), and is installed during the initial deployment phase. SDS should be installed on your network to enable and support these scenarios:

  • To enable users on your network to connect without entering an IP address
  • To enable use of Solstice's Multi-Room capabilities
  • To enable users to view which displays/rooms are in use and by how many people
  • To choose which displays do and do not appear to users for connection

If you want to enable one or more of these capabilities in your Solstice deployment, then you need SDS.

System Requirements

You must install SDS on a Windows machine with a static IP address because the Solstice displays and client applications will use this IP address to communicate with the directory. This can be a PC 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.

SDS uses lightweight TCP/IP packets over network ports 53200, 53201, and 53202. SDS traffic through these ports will need to be allowed through the SDS host machine’s firewall and on the network.

Though many deployments use the same computer for SDS and the Solstice Dashboard, that is not required. Best practice dictates that the host computer be a domain controller with IP routes to all subnets that have Solstice displays deployed on them.

How To

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