Setting up the Solstice Pod is easy. The information below will guide you through getting your Pod up and running quickly, to test performance, and to take a first-hand look at end-user features.
What’s in the Box?
Solstice Pod, HDMI cable, and 12V power supply.
Setting up The Pod
Use the HDMI cable to attach the Solstice Pod to a display and connect the Pod’s power supply to a standard power outlet. A green LED bar will illuminate on the front of the Pod as soon as it receives power. The Pod will take a few minutes to boot up and display the default Welcome Screen. In this default state, the Pod will display connection instructions on the screen along with its default name of ‘SolsticePod’
Your Solstice Pod can be configured through the Pod’s configuration panel which can be accessed locally by connecting a USB mouse and keyboard to the Pod. Alternatively, you can also access the panel via a web browser from a separate device by entering the Pod’s IP address and selecting ‘Configure’ in the lower left corner of the Quick Connect Page.
Please note: In most cases an IT administrator will be needed to ensure Solstice is properly deployed on your network and is in compliance with your organization’s IT policies.
3 Simple Steps to Set Up Your Solstice Pod
Step 1: Attach the Pod to your Existing Network(s)
The Solstice Pod is designed to attach to existing WiFi/Ethernet networks that users can access to connect and share content to the Pod. The Pod hardware includes two distinct network interface cards – one Ethernet and one wireless card – to provide options for network connection.
Attach via Ethernet (Recommended). The recommended deployment method is to attach the Pod to the primary user network via Ethernet. To do so, simply plug in a network-connected Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port located on the back of the Pod.
Attach Wirelessly. Alternatively, the Pod can be attached to the primary network wirelessly if an Ethernet connection is not available in the deployment space. To attach the Pod wirelessly to the host network, visit the ‘Network’ tab of the configuration panel, scan and select the correct network, and enter connection credentials.
Dual-Network Mode. Many deployments take advantage of the Pod’s dual-network mode to support secure collaboration between users on separate networks, such as corporate and guest users. Attach the Pod to the primary network via Ethernet and connect to the secondary/guest network wirelessly. Note: the Pod’s two network interface cards are completely distinct with separate routing tables, enabling seamless collaboration without compromising the security of either network.
Important Note! The Pod is shipped with the Wireless Access Point (WAP) enabled to make it easy to connect and evaluate Solstice’s collaboration features. However, WAP mode is not recommended for long-term deployment for security and performance reasons. To learn how to deploy in WAP mode, click here.
Step 2: Get the App and Connect
Downloading the app and connecting to the Solstice enabled display is as simple as following the instructions on the Welcome Screen.
Enter the IP Address shown on the display into a browser on your device.
Click the ‘Get the App & Connect’ button and run the downloaded app.
Please note that your device must always be on the same network as the Pod to connect. Admin permissions are not required to install the Solstice app.
Want to set up Discovery?‘Display discovery’ refers to the ability for a user with network access to ‘discover’ which Solstice displays are available for connection on the Solstice app. Follow the instructions in the SDS Guide.
Once you are connected to the Pod, there are multiple ways you can share content from the app.
When you connect to a Pod, you’ll be presented with the sharing panel. The sharing panel allows you to toggle on/off sharing various content sources to the screen. From PC-based devices, you can share desktops, application windows, images and videos. From mobile devices, you can share the device screen, images and videos stored on the device, and even images/videos captured live from the device camera.
All shared content can be controlled from your device. Toggle to the control panel to move and control content on the display using the drag-and-drop user interface.
New Features to Check Out
Solstice can be used for digital signage when there is not an ongoing collaboration session.
Streaming Videos from iOS YouTube App
Solstice gives you the ability to stream videos from the iOS YouTube app to the display.