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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Solstice Conference allows you to use Solstice with most laptop-based conferencing apps to add meeting support for remote attendees in Solstice-enabled rooms. Solstice Conference offers meeting hosts the flexibility to use their conferencing service of choice and provides wireless connectivity to room audio/video devices attached to the Solstice Pod via USB. Solstice Conference functionality is available on Gen3 Solstice Pods running Solstice version 5.0 and higher with a current Solstice Subscription.

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 a one-step start for scheduled web conferences.
  • Allows the meeting host to share the full in-room display to the web 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 the Solstice Pod
  • Meeting host laptop (Windows or macOS, recommended specs below)
  • Latest version of the Mersive Solstice app with the same version of the bundled Solstice Conference capability 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 one-step start of scheduled video conferences
  • USB room camera and/or audio devices (optional) - (verified supported device list)
  • Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft 365, or Google Workspace room calendars integrated with Solstice Pod (optional)

Host Laptop Minimum Specs

Solstice Conference 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 Mersive Solstice App 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 Catalina 10.15 or later

Minimum Specs

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

Important Notes

  • Apple M1 devices are supported; however, some M1 devices may experience performance issues. Mersive recommends upgrading M1 devices that often use Solstice Conference to macOS Monterey for best stability.
  • Laptop machines with dual-core processors not currently supported.
  • Macbook Air 2021 laptops can be used with Solstice Conference; however, older Macbook Air laptops are not currently supported.

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

Supported Conferencing Services

The table below shows a list of supported video conferencing services on Windows and macOS laptops based on Mersive's latest testing. Services listed as "browser-based version only" support fully Solstice Conference functionality, including the ability to share the Solstice display to remote users in the video conference, only in the online 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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