Before you deploy Solstice, here are 5 key considerations for any Solstice deployment that you should keep in mind:
- How will the Pods be attached to your network(s)?
- How should the Pods be configured from a security standpoint?
- How will users discover, connect, and share content to the Pods?
- How should the Pods be configured, functionally and visually?
- What is the long-term management plan?
1. How will the Pods be attached to your network(s)?
Solstice can be configured flexibly to meet the requirements of your IT security policy and network topology. Solstice can be deployed on a range of network types, from a single, "flat" network to a more complex network with multiple VLANS and subnets.
The following are the options for how to attach the Solstice Pod to your network:
- Attached via Ethernet –The Pod’s Ethernet port allows the unit to be plugged directly into an existing network jack in the room. It is best practice to connect the Pod to the primary network via Ethernet.
- Attached Wirelessly – The Pod’s wireless network card allows the unit to be attached to an existing network wirelessly. This is valuable when there is no Ethernet jack in the room or when the Pod is deployed in dual-network mode to provide secure access and collaboration for users across primary and guest networks.
- Dual Networks (Attached via Ethernet and Wirelessly) - Many deployments take advantage of the Pod’s dual-network capabilities to support secure collaboration between users on separate networks, such as corporate and guest users. The Pod’s two network interface cards are completely distinct with separate routing tables, enabling seamless collaboration without compromising the security of either network. Mersive recommends attaching the Pod to the primary network via Ethernet and attaching the secondary/guest network wirelessly.
- Wireless Access Point (WAP) Mode – The Pod’s wireless network card comes configured to act as a wireless access point by default, creating a wireless collaboration hotspot. When deployed in WAP mode, users can connect to the Pod’s SSID, which will be visible on the display. The hotspot network can be password protected or left open. For performance reasons, Mersive does not recommend using WAP mode when more than 2-3 people need to connect and share content at a time. Mersive recommends disabling WAP mode by either disabling the wireless settings or attaching the Pod to an existing wireless network instead.
For more information, see our full Network Deployment Guide.
For a step-by-step on how to attach the Pod to your existing networks, click here.
2. How should the Pods be configured from a security standpoint?
Solstice is a robust and secure collaboration solution. However, security-conscious organizations should harden the security of their deployment to prevent unauthorized user access, screen capture, and changes to configuration settings.
For more information about the base security features, see our Baseline Security Standards Guide
3. How will users discover and connect to the Pods?
Solstice is designed to make it easy and intuitive for users to connect to a Solstice Pod. A user may always connect to a Pod by typing the Pod’s IP address into a browser window or the Solstice app. However, Solstice “discovery” can streamline the connection process by listing all Pods available for connection and enabling users to simply click a Pod’s name to connect. There are three discovery methods that will enable this click-to-connect functionality in your Solstice deployment: Broadcast Discovery, Solstice Discovery Service (SDS), and Universal SDS Override with DNS Entry. To learn more about the different options for discovery, click here.
4. How should the Pods be configured, functionally and visually?
To learn more about how to configure basic settings such as renaming the Pod and configuring how users will share content to the Solstice display, click here.
To learn more about how to configure our Enterprise Edition features such as room calendar integration and digital signage, click here.
5. What is the long-term management plan?
Solstice is designed as an every-room solution, and large deployments may involve dozens or even hundreds of Pods, so ongoing, long-term management is important. The following tools are available to support long-term deployments. As a note, Pods must have Enterprise Edition licenses to utilize these tools.
- Solstice Dashboard //
The Solstice Dashboard for Enterprise Edition is a centralized management tool that can be used to monitor, configure, and manage larger Solstice deployments. We recommend that technology managers responsible for the Solstice deployment use the Solstice Dashboard as their primary tool for ongoing management and maintenance of the deployment.
- Mersive Kepler //
Mersive Kepler is a free cloud-based room monitoring solution which will provide alerts, real-time deployment status, usage data, and other valuable analytics.
- Solstice OpenControl API //
The Solstice OpenControl API exposes much of the management and control functionality found in the Solstice Dashboard for integration with third-party systems such as room control panels and other workplace technologies or systems.
If you are preparing for a large deployment, we encourage you to schedule your deployment with Mersive so that we can stage resources to support the on-site deployment team. If you are having any difficulties with your deployment, please open a support ticket for assistance.