Solstice Conference Overview

Solstice Conference is the software-based capability to wirelessly connect the Solstice content sharing and collaboration space, as well as audio and video devices connected to the Solstice Pod, to a video conferencing service running on a meeting host's laptop. Adding rich, multi-participant Solstice content sharing to video conferencing delivers a better collaboration experience between onsite and remote users. Solstice Conference paired with room audio/video devices delivers the convenience of a traditional video room system with the flexibility to use the meeting host's preferred video conferencing service.

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You can use Solstice with most laptop-based conferencing apps to add meeting support for remote attendees in Solstice-enabled rooms. Solstice's ability to wirelessly connect shared content and room cameras and mics to video conferences offers meeting hosts the flexibility to use their conferencing service of choice, enhanced by Solstice functionality. Solstice Conference can be enabled on Gen3 Solstice Pods running Solstice version 5.0 and higher. A current Solstice Subscription is required to use Solstice Conference with Pods running Solstice 5.4 or earlier.

Key Capabilities

  • Leverages video conferencing applications running on local users’ laptops.
  • Enables meeting hosts to wirelessly connect to plug-and-play USB devices attached to the Pod to share room audio/video in the web conference.
  • Uses integrated room and personal calendars to support quick starts for scheduled video conferences.
  • Allows the meeting host to share the full in-room display to the video conference so remote users can see everything happening on the display, including multi-source content sharing, markup, and more.

System Requirements

  • Gen3 Solstice Pod running Solstice version 5.0 or higher (latest Solstice version recommended)
  • Current Solstice Subscription for Solstice Pods running Solstice versions earlier than 5.5
  • Meeting host laptop (Windows or macOS; recommended specs below)
  • Latest version of the Mersive Solstice app with the corresponding version of the Solstice Conference drivers installed (required for meeting host)
  • Third-party video conferencing application for meeting host and remote users (not required for other on-site meeting participants)
  • Solstice Discovery Service (SDS) is strongly recommended and required for location-based connection services
  • USB room camera and/or audio devices (optional) - (Solstice Peripherals List)
  • Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft 365, or Google Workspace room calendars integrated with Solstice Pod (optional)

Host Laptop Minimum Specs

Solstice video conference connection capabilities are supported on laptop devices that meet or exceed the following requirements. Meeting hosts' laptops should meet the minimum specs listed below. Other on-site meeting participants can wirelessly share content to the Solstice display using the Mersive Solstice app installed on their laptops or mobile devices. The ability to connect Solstice to a video conference is not supported on mobile devices.

Using the Mersive Solstice app only for wireless content sharing, control, and markup does not require the device to meet the minimum specs listed below. See the Mersive Solstice App topic for more information.

Minimum Hardware Recommendations for Meeting Host Laptops

Windows

Operating System Windows 10 version 1903 or later

Minimum Specs

Intel i5 quad core processor(6th Gen or newer); 8GB memory; processor speed of 1.6 GHz/min or better

Important Notes

  • Laptop computers with dual-core processors not currently supported.
  • Microsoft Surface laptop devices and similar tablet-like devices are not currently supported, including (but not limited to) Microsoft Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and Surface Pro.

To check your Windows laptop specs, open Command Prompt and enter the dxdiag command.

macOS

Operating System Big Sur 11.0 or later

Minimum Specs

Intel i5 quad core processor; 8GB memory; processor speed of 1.2 GHz or better

Important Notes

  • Support for Mac M1s is being improved; however, some performance issues may remain on M1 devices. Mersive recommends upgrading M1 Macs that often use Solstice with video conferences to macOS Monterey for best stability. (Mac M2s not supported.)
  • Laptop machines with dual-core processors not currently supported.
  • Macbook Air 2021 laptops and newer can be used for Solstice-enhanced video conferences; however, older Macbook Air laptops are not supported.

Turn off the Low Power Mode setting for battery power savings in macOS System Preferences during Solstice-enhanced video conferences for the best meeting experience.

If you are using a 4K laptop, Mersive recommends scaling your screen resolution down to 1080p when connecting Solstice to a video conference.

Supported Conferencing Services

The table below lists supported video conferencing services on Windows and macOS laptops based on Mersive's latest testing. Services listed as "browser-based version only" fully support Solstice's ability to share the Solstice display and use room devices connected to the Solstice Pod in the video conference only in the web-based version of that video conferencing service accessed via a supported web browser.*

For best compatibility, check that your video conferencing app is updated to the latest version.

  Windows macOS  Notes
Zoom Full Full

 

Teams Full Browser-based version only*

Microsoft will fix 3rd-party support.

Webex Browser-based version only* Browser-based version only*

Windows: To share display, select Pod name.

GoToMeeting/LogMeIn Full Full

 

Blue Jeans Full Partial

Windows: To share display, use browser app.

Google Meet Full Full

 

Chime Full Partial

Windows: To share display, use browser app.

RingCentral Full RingCentral Video online (browser-based) only*

RingCentral Meetings was retired by RingCentral. Mersive is working to add RingCentral app support on macOS.

Slack Full Browser-based version only*

 

*Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers supported

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