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Ditto vs. Mersive Solstice Pod – Which is Better for Screen Mirroring?

Ditto and Mersive Solstice Pod

What's better for screen mirroring in your organization — Ditto or Mersvie Solstice Pods? That's for you to decide, and we're here to help. This article gives you a comparison between Ditto and the Solstice Pod Gen3 Unlimited Enterprise.

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Key Takeaways

  • Ditto is a wireless presentation software system that utilizes existing hardware. The Mersive Solstive Pod is a combination of hardware and software that offers presentation features.
  • Ditto costs $150 and the Mersive Solstice Pod starts at $1400.
  • The Ditto screen mirroring experience is the same for all users and devices. The Mersive Solstice Pod allows collaboration and moderation tools depending on user roles.
  • Ditto is an all-in-one presentation system with no license management. The Mersive Solstice Pod requires managed software licenses and a subscription service.

Software vs. Hardware

Ditto is a screen mirroring software solution. The Solstice Pod is a screen mirroring hardware solution made by Mersive.

The Mersive Solstice Pod utilizes a hardware box as a receiver that users share content to. The box is connected to a TV or other primary display. Mersive Solstice also offers software that can turn a Windows PC into a receiver.

Ditto is software that runs on existing receiver hardware. Ditto receivers include common devices such as Apple TVs and Windows devices connected to a TV or other display. Users directly share content using an app on the sending device.

Compatibility

Ditto supports devices running Windows, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Android and Chrome OS. These devices use the Ditto Connect app to screen mirror wirelessly to a number of compatible Ditto receivers.

The Mersive Solstice Pod works with Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. These devices screen mirror in different ways specific to each operating system and can also use a downloadable Solstice app. The Mersive Solstice Pod does not support Chrome OS.

Wireless Screen Mirroring – Compatible Devices
Ditto:
Mersive Solstice Pod:
 Windows  Windows
 macOS  macOS
 iOS  iOS
 Android Android
 Chrome OS  
✔ iPadOS  

Connections and Usability

Both Ditto and the Mersive Solstice Pod offer wireless connections to allow screen mirroring to a large display.

How Connections Work
Ditto

The TV or primary display shows a unique room code. Users enter a room code into the Ditto Connect app on their device. The device connects to the display.

Desktop users can connect via a web browser if they don’t have the downloaded app.

Mersive Solstice Pod

There are several ways to share screens to a Mersive Solstice Pod. It varies depending on the device type.

  • Option 1: Use the Solstice app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android)

    Preferred by the manufacturer: Use the Solstice app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android)

    If users want a fully featured experience, they must download and install the Solstice app on their device. Features will be limited if users don’t download the app. The following steps explain how users must connect:

    1. Open the Solstice app
    2. Search for and select the name of the Mersive Solstice Pod in your room
    3. Enter the IP address into the app if prompted
    4. Enter the screen key displayed on the TV into the app if prompted
    5. Select your preferred sharing method to begin sharing the device
  • Option 2: Use native AirPlay screen mirroring (Apple devices only)

    Use native AirPlay screen mirroring (Apple devices only).

    Users can use native screen mirroring on Apple devices, but won’t have access to all features. IT administrators must enable and configure AirPlay on each Mersive Solstice Pod before users can use the feature.

  • Option 3: Use native Miracast screen mirroring (Android and Windows devices only)

    Use native Miracast screen mirroring (Android and Windows devices only)

    Android and Windows users can use native Miracast on some devices, but won’t have access to all features. IT administrators must enable and configure Miracast on each Mersive Solstice Pod before users can use the feature.

  • Option 4: Use an HDMI cord

    Use an HDMI cord

    If your organization has paid for Enterprise licensing and you’ve bought the highest tier Mersive Solstice Pod, HDMI connections are supported if you procure and purchase the appropriate cables and adapters for your different devices.

Sharing through a web browser is not available. Users must download the Solstice app and follow the steps in Option 1 if they require all Solstice features.

Collaboration
Number of users

Ditto allows unlimited users. There are no restrictions on who or how many people can present and screen mirror with a Ditto subscription. The Mersive Solstice Pod allows unlimited users on certain higher-tier models, which includes Solstice Pod Gen3 Unlimited Enterprise. All other Mersive Solstice Pod models restrict access to four users.

Number of connected devices

Ditto supports mirroring multiple devices simultaneously to the big screen. Up to four users can connect and share windows, apps and full device screens at the same time regardless of what device or operating system they use. The Mersive Solstice Pod allows as many users as is feasible for the TV to display. Performance and latency may suffer as more users connect to a Mersive Solstice Pod.

Additional collaboration features

The Mersive Solstice Pod includes several collaboration features through the Solstice app. Users can share, rearrange and resize multiple device screens. Enterprise users can present to multiple displays within an organization. The Solstice app on mobile includes a digital laser pointer function where users highlight content on-screen with a colored pointer. Users can request to share their screen, and a moderator feature allows another user to accept or reject sharing requests and queue up content to share.

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Administration

Ditto administration and remote management takes place entirely within the Ditto Account Portal — a web-based application accessible from anywhere that is included with a Ditto subscription.

Mersive Solstice Pods are managed within the Solstice Dashboard. The Solstice Dashboard is a downloaded Windows-only application capable of managing and configuring Solstice hardware. The Solstice Dashboard is only usable if you’ve purchased enterprise-edition Solstice Pods. The dashboard also has the ability to display usage analytics for enterprise-only Solstice Pods with an active, paid Solstice Subscription. Remote management is not possible without higher-tier enterprise licenses.

Cost

Ditto is priced on a per-room basis. The Mersive Solstice Pod uses a tiered pricing and licensing structure on top of an annual subscription fee.

  • Ditto: $150 per year per room. Requires no additional hardware, cables or replacement parts.
  • Mersive Solstice Pod: $1400 per room.
  • Mersive Solstice Pod, required hardware and highly recommended subscription for one year: $1650+
    Power supply units, required cables and an annual Solstice Subscription must be purchased in addition to the hardware unit.
Price breakdown

It's likely that you already have a compatible Ditto receiver and can begin using Ditto today without purchasing any additional technology or equipment. If you do require a wireless receiver, a receiver such as an Apple TV HD (priced at $150) will make the total cost of Ditto $300 for one room.

The Ditto subscription includes free technical support, any and all new features, security and performance updates.

The Mersive Solstice Pod uses both software and several tiers of proprietary, licensed hardware. The tier featured in this article starts at $1400 for one Mersive Solstice Pod.

In addition to purchasing a hardware box ($1400) and separately-sold proprietary power supply ($18) and HDMI cable ($5) for every display, Mersive implements an annual subscription that allows hardware to receive necessary performance and security updates. The first year of a Solstice Subscription is included with the purchase of a Mersive Solstice Pod, but fees accrue after one year. A third-party vendor prices a Solstice Subscription starting at $238 after initial purchase and a five-year subscription costs $728.

Compare the cost of ownership:
Ditto:
Mersive Solstice Pod:
Total one-year cost: $150 ($300 with receiver) Total one-year cost: $1661
Total five-year cost: $750 ($900 with receiver) Total five-year cost: $2151
An important note about the Solstice Subscription:

Mersive does not require an active Solstice Subscription to use Mersive Solstice Pods. After canceling a subscription, Mersive Solstice Pods are still functional but will stop receiving new features and critical performance and security updates. Technical support from Mersive requires an active paid subscription.

Attempting to renew an expired Solstice Subscription requires back-paying subscription fees for the entire time period a subscription was canceled, in addition to current annual fees.

Note: A few other Solstice Pod hardware editions exist at different price points and licensing options.

Summary

Ditto and the Mersive Solstice Pod excel at wireless presentations.

Ditto is simple, easy to use and affordable. It makes enterprise-level screen sharing easy to deploy and scale across large or small organizations without adding extra hardware or convoluted licensing costs. If you’re looking for a truly cross-platform solution where unlimited users can present nearly any device wirelessly, go with Ditto.

The Mersive Solstice Pod excels at collaboration features that allow participants and moderators to interact with content on-screen. If you need these features and have the scaling budget and IT manpower to maintain and support hardware devices, licenses and a software subscription, consider a Mersive Solstice Pod.

Published on 8/14/19

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