Solstice Conference Overview

Solstice Conference is a software-enabled capability that enhances video conferencing with rich, multi-participant content sharing to deliver a better collaboration experience between onsite and remote users. Solstice Conference paired with room audio/video devices delivers the convenience of a traditional room system with the flexibility to use any conferencing service installed on the meeting host’s laptop.

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 the flexibility to use the conferencing service of choice and provides wireless connectivity to room audio/video devices attached to the Solstice Pod via USB. Solstice Conference can be enabled for all Gen3 Pods on Solstice version 5.0 or later. A current Solstice Subscription is needed to utilize the Solstice Conference capabilities.

Key Capabilities

  • Leverages web conferencing services running on local users’ laptops to connect remote participants to the room.
  • Enables meeting hosts to wirelessly connect to plug-and-play USB devices attached to the Pod in order to share room audio/video in the web conference.
  • Supports a one-step start for scheduled web conferences via support for integration of room and personal calendars.
  • 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, mark up, and more.

System Requirements

  • Gen3 Solstice Pod with current Solstice Subscription and Solstice software version 5.0 or later
  • Meeting host laptop (Windows or macOS, recommended specs below)
  • Solstice app version 5.0 or later (required for meeting host)
  • 3rd-party conferencing app for host and remote users
  • Solstice Discovery Service (SDS)  strongly recommended
  • USB room camera and/or audio devices (optional) - (verified supported device list)
  • Microsoft Exchange or Office 365 calendar integrations (optional)

Host Laptop Recommended Specs

Solstice Conference capabilities are supported on laptop devices that meet the following requirements. This capability is not supported on mobile devices.

Windows

Operating System Windows 10 version 1903 or later
Recommended Specs Intel i7 processor; 16GB memory; processor speed of 1.6 GHz/min or better.

Minimum Specs

Intel i5 processor X400 series or better; 8GB memory; processor speed of 1.6 GHz/min or better.

Note: Dual-core processors not currently supported. For Windows laptops that have an i5 processor, a lighter version of Solstice Conference will be installed by default. This will limit sharing the display remotely and may also limit the number of additional posts that can be shared by that user while hosting a conference to improve performance. Administrators can choose to override this feature restriction setting when centrally deploying the Solstice app via MSI or SCCM; however, it is not recommended.

Tip: To check your laptop specs, open Command Prompt, enter “dxdiag”, then run.

MacOS 

Operating System Mojave 10.14 or later
Recommended Specs Intel i7 processor; 16GB memory; processor speed of 1.6 GHz/min or better.

Minimum Specs

Intel i5 processor; 8GB memory; processor speed of 1.6 GHz/min or better.

Note: Although MacOS laptops with 4 core i5 processors are the minimum requirement, users may experience suboptimal performance. Dual-core processors not currently supported.

Supported Conferencing Services

Below are the supported conferencing services by host laptop operating system. For support that lists "browser-based version only", Solstice Conference's full functionality (e.g. the ability to share the Solstice display to remote users via the conferencing application) is only supported in the browser-based version of that conferencing application. As a note, please ensure your video conferencing software is up to date.

  Windows MacOS 

Notes

Zoom Full Full

 

Teams Full Browser-based version only*

Microsoft will fix 3rd-party support

Webex Full 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 Meets Full Full

 

Chime Full Partial

Windows: To share display, use browser app

RingCentral Full Browser-based version only*

 

Slack Full Browser-based version only*

 

*Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer browsers supported

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