App-Free Sharing to a Solstice Display

Solstice supports multiple app-free sharing options so that users can share their device screen to the Solstice display without needing to install the Mersive Solstice app. This enables guest and occasional users to quickly share content in a Solstice room. Solstice supports app-free sharing using AirPlay, Miracast, browser-based sharing, or a standard HDMI connection.

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How to Mirror Your iOS Device Screen Using AirPlay

Solstice supports full mirroring of iOS 7+ devices (Apple iPhones and iPads) that feature Apple’s AirPlay functionality. AirPlay mirroring is accomplished through the device’s native AirPlay feature, using a similar process as connecting to an Apple TV.

If you are unable to mirror your iOS device using AirPlay, contact your IT administrator to see if AirPlay mirroring is enabled for the Solstice display.

  1. Ensure the iOS device is connected to the WiFi network used to connect to the Solstice display.
  2. Open the iOS Control Center:
    • On an iPhone X or later, or an iPad with iPadOS 13 or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On an iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon and select the Solstice display from the list that appears. If the desired Solstice display does not appear in the AirPlay menu of your device, open the Mersive Solstice app and connect to the desired display, then repeat steps 2 and 3.
  4. If prompted for an AirPlay code, enter the 4-digit screen key visible on the Solstice display. Your device will connect wirelessly to the display and your screen will be streamed in real-time.
  5. To stop mirroring your screen to the display:
    1. Open the iOS Control Center again.
    2. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon for the connected Pod.
    3. Tap Stop Mirroring.

An AirPlay option may also appear when viewing photos or videos in iOS. Photos and videos shared via AirPlay generally appear full screen on the Solstice display.

How to Mirror Your macOS Device Screen Using AirPlay

If your organization has enabled streaming with AirPlay, users without the Mersive Solstice app can connect and share their screen to the display using AirPlay capabilities on macOS devices (High Sierra and later). AirPlay mirroring is accomplished through a device’s native AirPlay feature, using a process similar to connecting to an Apple TV.

If you are unable to mirror your macOS device using AirPlay, contact your IT administrator to make sure that AirPlay mirroring is enabled for the Solstice display.

  1. Ensure the macOS device is connected to the WiFi network used to connect to the Solstice display.
  2. From the top menu bar, either select the AirPlay icon or open the Control Panel from the top bar and select Screen Mirroring. Then select the desired Solstice display.
  3. If prompted for an AirPlay code, enter the 4-digit screen key visible on the Solstice display. Your device will connect wirelessly to the display and your screen will be streamed in real-time.
  4. To stop mirroring your screen to the display, select either the AirPlay icon or Control Panel > Screen Mirroring from the menu bar. This will show the active AirPlay connection. Select the name of the Solstice display to disconnect.

How to Mirror Your Windows Device Screen Using Miracast

Users without the Mersive Solstice app can connect and share their screen to the display using Miracast capabilities on their Windows device. If you are unable to Miracast to the display, contact your IT administrator to make sure that Miracast is enabled for the Solstice display.

  1. On a Windows 10 laptop, use Windows key + K or click the Connect button in the Windows notification center (found on the far right end of taskbar) to open the Connect pane.
  2. From the list of wireless displays available, select the Solstice display. If the display is enabled for Miracast but you do not see it in the list of available displays, try scrolling down to ensure it is not hidden.
  3. Turning Miracast WiFi Direct off and back on in quick succession for a Solstice Pod may result in it temporarily appearing multiple times in the Windows Connect and Wi-Fi connection panels. To resolve this issue, refresh the list of available Miracast WFD devices by turning Wi-Fi off on and back on for affected Windows devices.

  4. If prompted for a PIN, enter the screen key from the display. Your device will connect wirelessly to the display and your screen will be streamed in real-time.
  5. To stop Miracast streaming to the display, open the Connect pane and click Disconnect.

How to Share Your Desktop Using a Web Browser

Guest users or users who aren't able to download the Mersive Solstice app may also connect and share to Solstice using a web browser on a laptop computer. This functionality is supported on Windows, macOS, Chromebook, and Linux laptops.

See the compatibility chart below for more details on which web browsers are supported for browser-based sharing on your laptop. Note that available sharing options (e.g. desktop sharing, application window sharing) vary by browser.

  1. Connect your laptop to a network listed on the Solstice display.
  2. Open a Chrome or Firefox web browser and go to the URL on the display. If multiple ULRs are listed, choose the one that corresponds to the same network you're connected to.
  3. Click the link to share using your web browser.

    Don't see a link on your browser for sharing your screen? Your IT administrator may need to enable this feature for the Solstice Pod display.

  4. If you see a security warning in your browser, follow the option to proceed to the URL. This may appear under Advanced in some browsers.
  5. Enter the screen key shown on the room display (if prompted) and your name, then click Launch.
  6. Select the sharing option you wish to use. For example, you may be presented with options to share your entire screen, an application window, or a browser tab, as well as whether to share audio.
  7. Click to Share or Allow to share the selected content to the Solstice display.

If you are on the Catalina version of macOS and are having trouble using browser-based sharing, you may need to enable permissions within your system's privacy settings for the browser to utilize screen recording.

How to Share Your Desktop via HDMI

Gen3 Solstice Pods offer the option for users to use an HDMI cable to connect a laptop directly to the HDMI-in port on the front of the Pod. This allows users to share a wired content source to the display. The wired desktop share will appear in the collaboration session like any other post, and can be controlled by users in the session with the Mersive Solstice app.

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