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Mersive Solstice vs Airtame 2

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Mersive Solstice vs Airtame 2

What’s the difference between Mersive Solstice and Airtame 2? To help you choose the best solution for your school or office, we want to give a fair comparison between the two.

What’s the difference between Mersive Solstice and Airtame 2? To help you choose the best solution for your school or office, we want to give a fair comparison between the two.

Both Airtame 2 and Mersive Solstice are wireless streaming solutions for business and education environments. The main differences lie in the user experience, pricing and that Mersive Solstice offers network-based device management, while Airtame offers a cloud-based platform.

Physical comparison of Mersive Solstice and Airtame 2

Highlights

  • Airtame 2 costs only $399 (excl. VAT) while the lowest priced version of Mersive Solstice Pod costs $799. Additionally, Solstice requires an active maintenance license to get updates, which comes at an extra cost. There’s also an added cost to get access to a limited management interface.
  • Airtame 2 has a central cloud-platform from where admins can update, manage and monitor all devices – and much more. Solstice offers a bulk management application for Windows, but this requires a more expensive enterprise license and an annual renewal fee.
  • Airtame 2 comes with a variety of digital signage options. Mersive Solstice offers digital signage through HTML file playback.
  • To work, the Airtame 2 device is inserted into a TV. Mersive Solstice can use either a host PC with Solstice display software for Windows or a Solstice Pod device.
  • The Solstice software can run on Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices. Artame is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chromebook and iOS with some functionalities also available for Android users.

Spec comparison

 Airtame 2Mersive Solstice Pod
Supported operating systemsWindows, MacOS, Chromebook, Linux, iOS & Android app & AirPlay support for iOSWindows, MacOS, iOS, and Android
Number of usersUnlimited4 - unlimited
Present to multiple screens simultaneously from laptopYesYes
Split screen functionalityNoYes
Anti-theft systemKensington lockNone
Max streaming resolutionfull HDfull HD
Management consoleCloud-based management, freeManagement application, some functionalities via cloud. Requires enterprise license + active maintenance license
Presentation method from laptopApplicationApplication
Cost of mobile appFreeFree
Active license feeNoYes

Mersive Solstice Pricing

The number of users allowed to use Solstice and management options depends on the license acquired. The following pricing was found on 11/01/19, here on the Mersive site.

Price list of Mersive Solstice alternative

Airtame 2 and Mersive Solstice: devices and software

Airtame 2 is a small device that you plug into a TV or projector. It’s powered through a power adaptor. You then use Airtame software, the Airtame app, to mirror from laptops. Share your screen or documents via AirPlay for iOS users or our app for Android users.

Airtame 2 allows one user to mirror a screen to multiple Airtame-enabled TVs as long as they are connected to the same WiFi network.

Furthermore, Airtame 2 has a function called Single Window Sharing that lets presenters decide which window or app to stream from their desktop, and which to keep private.

Wireless Single Window Sharing from a laptop to a TV screen via Airtame

Mersive Solstice works in one of two ways. You can either buy a software license to install on a Windows computer or you can buy the Solstice Pod, which is an integrated software-hardware console. Any of these are then connected to your TV or projector as the receiving device. Once the Solstice Pod is set up, users can download the client app to connect.

With Mersive Solstice, any number of users can share content simultaneously on the same screen. With Solstice multi-room, which is included in Solstice Enterprise Edition, participants can share content across multiple Solstice-enabled TVs on the same enterprise network.

Both Airtame 2 and Solstice offer streaming performance at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Mersive Solstice vs Airtame 2 installation set-up, both streaming from a laptop to a screen wirelessly

Connectivity

Both Airtame 2 and Mersive Solstice are described as platform agnostic streaming solutions, meaning they should suit most modern Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) professional and educational environments.

Airtame 2 offers connectivity and mirroring for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebook, and supports AirPlay iOS mirroring. You can also present documents and images stored on your phone or on Cloud services from Airtame 2’s mobile app for Android and iOS. Mirroring from Android is currently under development.

Mersive Solstice installs on Windows PCs that run Windows 7, 8 or 10. Solstice offers mirroring capabilities from the app for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, but does not currently support Linux or Chromebook.

Starting with version 2.2, Mersive Solstice does provide support for Apple AirPlay. and since version 3.5 Solstice provides support for  Miracast Read more about the Miracast technology here.

iPhone displaying the Airtame App and referring to a possibility to activate AirPlay

Administration

You can manage all your Airtames using Airtame Cloud, which is a web-based platform that allows you to manage and monitor all Airtames from one central hub. You can edit all device settings remotely from Airtame Cloud either for individual devices or for multiple devices at once – remotely and from external networks. For example, you can change the background of your Homescreen, your standby display, on all your Airtames at once.

Airtame 2 does not have a stream moderator option. To switch from one presenter to another, the presenter who is currently streaming needs to press “Stop” button on the screen to end their stream and the next presenter needs to click “Start” to begin theirs.

Other Airtame 2 features include Pin Code Connect for 4-digit password protection before starting a stream, auto-reconnect, and an on-screen notification box reminding you when you’re streaming.

Airtame Cloud displayed on a laptop's screen

Mersive Solstice allows more users to simultaneously connect with WiFi or Ethernet to the same screen. Each user can share multiple streams to a split-screen display. Users have full control of screen layout and can look at one or multiple things on the screen at the same time. There are various modes that allow both sessions controlled by certain presenters and “equal access for all” sessions. When equal access settings are enabled, any participant has full control of anyone else’s participation in the session.

Mersive Solstice has a management software called Solstice Dashboard. It gives IT admins an overview of all Solstice-enabled rooms from the admin’s Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC. The Dashboard service can also be installed on several PCs. Most likely, you will need an IT specialist to configure Mersive Solstice on your network, especially if you plan to use it with multiple screens. Solstice has the “Kepler” service, which is an analytical tool. It requires both one of the Solstice Enterprise licenses at an added cost plus an active maintenance license at an added annual cost.

Digital signage

You can customize what’s displayed on the Airtame-powered screens when no one is using them via one of six beta apps – Google Slides (allowing you to present public presentations as homescreens); Trello (where you can connect and present project or team dashboards); World Clock (presenting up to four different time zones); Unsplash (showcasing beautiful photography on your screens, based on a selected descriptive tag); Dropbox Gallery (cycle through images in a Dropbox-connected folder as backgrounds); and Room Overview (show a list with meeting rooms and their booking status through Google Calendar).

Mersive Solstice only has the ability to play HTML-based signage content as well as YouTube streams. Some signage examples are Appspace feeds and Google Slides. This feature is only available with the Solstice Enterprise Edition, which is a bit more pricey than the most basic solution.

Two screens, where one displays Mersive Solstice alternative digital signage and the other displays Airtame digital signage

Pricing

A single Airtame 2 costs $399, with no hidden costs for the current Airtame software offering. The cheapest version of the Mersive Solstice Pod costs $799. On top of that, Solstice requires an active license to let you update the device. If you want to renew a license that has run out, it needs to be backdated to when your license ran out, meaning that you will have to pay the full license fee per year, every year, to keep getting updates.

If you want the Solstice Enterprise Edition for more than four users, which includes support for Solstice’s centralized IT management and expanded features, the total price will go up (see pricing options further up). In comparison, Airtame’s always-on support is free, and so is the cloud-based management platform, Airtame Cloud.

Bottom line

Airtame 2 and Mersive Solstice are different solutions that serve their own purposes and come at different price points. Airtame 2 is perfect for users who want a friendly and sleek user interface with the extra perk of doubling as a digital signage solution. It has a low base price, free cloud-based bulk management, free updates, support for all platforms including Linux and Chromebook, as well as signage integrations.

Mersive Solstice differs in that it offers unlimited amounts of content to the screen, has Android mirroring, Miracast support, integration with touch screens and a moderator functionality. If this is what you’re looking for, Solstice could be a better fit.

The difference in price and the license fee added to that on Solstice products could be a deal-breaker for companies who need regular maintenance and an unlimited amount of users to get access – without having to worry about an added price layer. If you want a solution where you don’t have to worry about how many users are going to use the device without the price scaling, then Airtame 2 is for you.

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We try to make our comparison articles as objective and accurate as possible, though changes to features and prices may have changed since the most recent article update. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or comments.

This article was last edited on March 1st, 2019

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