Solstice vs Polycom Pano
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The evolution the Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart home has completely revolutionized the quality of consumer technologies. Experiences like video conference calls that were once relegated to the ‘special use’ conference rooms in the workplace can now be achieved at home through Alexa or HomeKit. Wireless traffic protocols designed for local device-to-device communication, like Apple’s Bonjour or Miracast, have made it possible for consumers to create rich, dynamic webs of connected technologies within their homes. When something works well at home, it’s only natural to suggest bringing that experience into the workplace, where the average knowledge worker spends 1/3 of their time.
Unfortunately, bunny slippers don’t belong in the boardroom. Neither does Bonjour.
Broadcast traffic protocols like Apple’s Bonjour work fine for a localized home network that uses a single router, but enterprise-class networks are far more complex. Every device that ‘hears’ the broadcast must do some basic processing to determine whether they are the intended recipient of the message, so IT administrators will often choose to disable broadcast and multicast packet forwarding to minimize latency. Polycom’s Pano relies entirely on technologies like Bonjour and Miracast to mirror user device screens to the in-room display, so the solution is not well-suited for most enterprise networks.
Deploy the way that works for you.
Solstice is designed to be deployed on your existing network(s) and to utilize your existing network infrastructure rather than introduce wireless noise into your environment. The Solstice Pod features two distinct Network Interface Cards (NICs) which support secure collaboration among users on separate WiFi/Ethernet networks, such as corporate and guest users. The two NICs have separate routing tables, enabling seamless connectivity and collaboration without compromising the security of either network. Device mirroring may be turned on if desired, but if Solstice is deployed on a network that does not allow broadcast traffic, AirPlay users may still mirror to the display using our proprietary Solstice Bonjour Proxy.
*Miracast and Digital Signage coming soon
Because Solstice is a network-attached technology, IT administrators also benefit from the ability to centrally deploy, manage, and monitor all Solstice endpoints on the network via the Solstice Dashboard. While products like Pano, that create their own wireless ‘islands’, must be managed and updated on an individual, room-by-room basis. An entire Solstice deployment may be upgraded simultaneously from a single pane of glass.
Wireless for Everyone
Solstice can be simultaneously deployed on two networks, enabling seamless collaboration for those on enterprise and guest networks.
Pano’s solution for guests that want to collaborate with users on the wireless network is just an HDMI cable.