What’s the difference between Mersive Solstice and Airtame? To help you choose the best solution for your school or office, we want to give a fair comparison between the two.
Both Airtame and Mersive Solstice are streaming solutions for business and education environments. The main differences lie in the user experience, the way each product performs digital signage, and that Mersive Solstice offers network-based device management, while Airtame offers a Cloud-based platform.
Airtame is a small device that you plug into a TV. It can be powered through a power adapter or through a USB port on the TV it is plugged into. You then use Airtame software to mirror your device or devices to the TV.
Airtame allows one user to mirror a screen to multiple Airtame-enabled TVs as long as they are connected to the same WiFi network. Airtame mirrors screens in full HD video at 30 frames per second.
Mersive Solstice works in one of two ways. You can connect to a TV either a PC computer with Solstice Display Software or the Solstice Pod, which is an integrated software-hardware console. Both options are much bulkier compared to Airtame. Both PC with Solstice Software and the Solstice Pod also require an external power source.
The Solstice Pod weighs 2 pounds (900 grams). Its dimensions are 4.2 inches by 4.75 inches by 1 inch (10.6 cm by 12 cm by 2.5 cm). The device has 16GB of flash memory, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and Bluetooth connectivity.
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. Solstice offers streaming performance at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
Airtame is compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux. Currently, Airtame does not mirror mobile devices. However, it does come with presentation apps for Android and iOS. Using the apps, you can stream files stored locally on your mobile devices or in the cloud, be it Dropbox, Google Drive or other Cloud storage service.
Mersive Solstice installs on Windows PCs that run Windows 7, 8 or 10. Both Solstice Display Software and Solstice Pod offer full desktop and application window streaming, iOS and Android mirroring.
Starting with version 2.2, Mersive Solstice does provide support for Apple Airplay discovery. iOS users can discover Solstice-enabled displays via Airplay protocol even on the networks that do not permit UDP broadcast traffic, which is the case with many enterprise and education networks. One of the limitations of Airplay is that it doesn’t support YouTube, which is why you won’t be able to stream YouTube videos if you are using Solstice through Airplay.
You can manage all your Airtames from the Cloud using Airtame Cloud, which is a free platform that allows you to manage and monitor all Airtames from one central place. Currently, you can check network connection settings, WiFi signal strength (RSSI), as well as update, reboot, and group edit settings for multiple devices simultaneously.
Airtame 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 features include Pin Code Connect for 4-digit password protection before starting a stream, auto-reconnect, and an on-screen notification box reminding you you’re streaming.
Mersive Solstice allows unlimited simultaneous users to connect with Wi-Fi or Ethernet to the same screen. Each user can share multiple streams on one 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 does not have a cloud administration feature. It operates over a standard TCP/IP network. At a minimum, Mersive Solstice needs three sequential ports to function properly. 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.
Airtame lets you display a custom logo or image as the TV’s default background. The surprising factor here is that the Airtame home screen is actually a web browser, so you can also use a URL to have Airtame show a website or KPI dashboard as your background. With Airtame’s 3.0 product update, there are 4 new layouts to choose from, two of which offer custom text formatting.
While Mersive Solstice offers some welcome screen customization you can use to brand your office, it is only available in the Enterprise Edition, which costs $1,299.
A single Airtame costs $299. The cheapest version of Mersive Solstice costs $999. Solstice Enterprise Edition has a one-to-many management dashboard, customizable welcome screen, comprehensive 3rd party integration API, emergency messaging and traffic encryption, costs $1299.
Airtame and Mersive Solstice are different solutions that serve their own purposes and come at different price points. Airtame works best for users who want a friendly and sleek user interface with the extra perk of doubling as a digital signage solution. That is, you can customize your default background with any Airtame, including backgrounds that consist of live websites, such as KPI dashboards. With the free Cloud platform, you can manage an unlimited number of Airtames remotely.
Mersive Solstice offers an unlimited number of users to stream unlimited number of items to the same screen. It has various modes, including a mode with a moderator and “equal access for all” mode, so if you need some kind of moderator system, Mersive Solstice might be a better fit. Additionally, if mobile mirroring is important to you, Mersive Solstice offers iOS and Android mirroring. You can use Mersive Solstice by plugging either a PC host or Solstice Pod into a TV. Both of these options are much physically heavier than Airtame making the look and feel a bit bulkier.
We aim to be as objective as we can in this article to give a fair comparison between Mersive Solstice and Airtame.