CTS has deployed a number of Solstice Pods across the College to provide wireless presentation capabilities for our conference rooms and meeting spaces. We have confirmed with Drexel IT (DUIT) that the device meets the security requirements required for use on Drexel networks.
What is a Solstice Pod?♯
A Solstice Pod is a small computer from Mersive Technologies that connects to our wired network and a display device such as a projector or TV via HDMI. By downloading a lightweight client on Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android devices, you can connect up to the pod and present over your device's wireless connection without needing to plug in display or audio cables.
Up to 4 presenters may connect to the pod simultaneously, with layout options available via the client. Presenters may opt to present their entire desktop, or to only present specific applications or media directly.
So far, in our experience, the pods work extremely well for relatively static content (presentations). When displaying full-screen video, there may be a slight lag -- the pods are designed to prioritize audio delivery and to drop video frames if needed. All of our conference rooms still have the ability to connect via display cables if the presentation requires full screen video.
We currently have Solstice Pods in:
- Hill Conference Room (LeBow 240)
- Speitel Conference Room (LeBow 231)
- Academic Center for Engineering (ACE) Pod 1, Pod 2 (Main 005)
- MEM Seminar Room (Curtis 162)
By visiting the URL displayed on the screen in the conference room being used, users can download the client. If you've already installed the client for a different room, you do not need to download it again -- search your programs for Solstice and launch it from there.
The pods in Hill and Speitel are available on Drexel's public network so that guests can connect via DrexelGuest or other means of internet access (MiFi, phone hotspot, etc.)
Pods in locations where guests are unlikely to need access are deployed on Drexel's private networks. For users connected to Dragonfly3 or a direct Ethernet connection, there is no difference between the public and private networks with regards to connectivity.
Adding a New Pod♯
For departments interested in adding a pod to their meeting rooms, we are able to purchase them through a vendor for around $800 with 2 years of software updates included. After that, software maintenance must be purchased for a cost of $100/year/device. We require that the software be kept up to date for security, support, and compatibility reasons.
Once the device is purchased, we'll work with DUIT to get a static IP, hostname, and SSL certificate configured.