Mira Connect

Mira Connect is a tabletop touchscreen collaboration control appliance for controlling and managing conference rooms, offices, huddle spaces, and the equipment in those rooms.

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Description

Mira Connect is a tabletop control appliance that provides an intuitive touch-based user interface for collaboration equipment so anyone can easily launch calls to connect with other sites and manage the audio and video and the room. Mira Connect makes it easy for conference participants to:

  • Dial contacts from directory lists, recent calls, favorites, or through direct dialing
  • Join scheduled calls with a single touch through calendar integration
  • Intuitively position a video conferencing camera
  • Start and stop content sharing
  • Adjust audio levels
  • Mute microphones
  • And more

Mira Connect’s user interface is professionally designed and automatically generated based on the equipment added to the room. For example adding a Polycom SoundStructure audio conferencing device and Polycom RealPresence Group Series video codec allows the conference participant to easily dial audio calls using the telephony resources on the SoundStructure product, video calls, or both with Mira Connect.

Mira Connect is a control system and user interface for conferencing systems. For many collaboration rooms there is no need for a third-party control system and touch screen nor for a vendor-specific user interface that just controls one vendor’s device in the room.

Mira Connect is designed for the majority of collaboration installations where a traditional control system’s cost, breadth of scope, and complexity is not required, yet a manufacturer’s specific user interface’s focus is too narrow and limiting.

Have a question? See our Frequently Asked Questions.

How Mira Connect Works

Mira Connect uses local network access through wired or wireless Ethernet to control video codecs, audio DSP’s, and other equipment in the room.

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Mira Connect sends equipment and room status information securely to Mira Portal using transport layer security (TLS 1.2) and an encrypted connection for remote management, remote help desk support, and Concierge mode support. Your collaboration session is always secure and private as no audio or video communication data is ever sent to Mira Portal.

Mira Connect Training Videos

Want to see how easy it is to setup Mira connect? View our series of training videos here: Mira Connect Training Videos.

End User Benefits

  • Start meetings on time, every time
  • Consistent user experience from room to room allows use of any collaboration room
  • Intuitive design allows users to be productive immediately

AV/IT Manager Benefits

  • Consistent user interface reduces end-user training costs and increases conferencing ROI
  • Lowers system installation and maintenance time and costs
  • Proactive notifications of operational issues before end-users are affected
  • Reduces support costs and trouble tickets through ease of use and remote management
  • Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet with PoE enhances installation options

Partner Benefits

  • No custom programming requirement reduces installation time and complexity
  • Easily support users while onsite or from any location reducing expensive call backs to site
  • Dashboard and notifications simplify room and equipment management

Highlights

  • Manages audio and video conferencing rooms
  • Works with Polycom® video conferencing equipment
  • Seamless integration with popular DSP audio devices including Polycom SoundStructure
  • Connects with Mira Portal for setup and remote management of systems
  • No programming required. Mira Portal is used to add the equipment. The user interface is automatically created
  • Power over Ethernet network connection powers the Mira Connect
  • Wired or wireless Ethernet capable
  • See the list of supported equipment

Includes

Requirements

  • Wired or wireless Ethernet connectivity to the equipment to be controlled and managed
  • Ethernet connectivity to the cloud-based Mira Portal system
  • Mira Portal Essentials or Enterprise service

Documentation

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Mira Connect FAQ

Overview

Q: What is Mira Connect?
A: Mira Connect is a touch screen control appliance that is used in conference rooms, huddle rooms, and meeting rooms to control equipment in the room including setting room audio levels, muting microphones, launching audio and video calls, selecting sources, managing displays, and more.

Q: What is Mira Portal?
A: Mira Portal is Aveo Systems’ cloud-management platform for rooms, room equipment, and Mira Connect. Mira Portal is used with Mira Connect to add the equipment to the room, add control points, configure Microsoft Office 365 calendars, customize the background image and logo of Mira Connect, and more. Mira Portal is also used to view the status of the equipment including sending text alerts if equipment goes offline.

Q: What does Mira Connect do in the room?
A: As a touch screen controller, Mira Connect supports dialing audio and video conferencing equipment, starting and stopping content sharing, changing camera positions, controlling the mute of the microphones in the room, adjusting volume, controlling sound reinforcement and assistive listening, controlling audio to other zones, turning on/off displays and projectors, selecting different video inputs, controlling video switchers, and more. Mira Connect has been designed to not only provide the functionality typically required in a conference room by room users, but also to be easy to use.

Q: What devices are supported by Mira Connect?
A: Mira Connect supports many audio and video conferencing and conference room-related products including Audio DSP’s, displays, video conferencing systems, projectors, and more. See the list of supported equipment.

Q: How do I get the devices I want to use in my installation supported by Mira Connect?
A: As the system integrator or as an end-user, if you don’t see equipment that you are using in your install on the list of supported equipment, navigate to the bottom of the equipment page and request that it be supported. We’ll follow up with you to see if we need a sample of the equipment while adding support for the equipment.

Q: Can I add support for new equipment to Mira Connect myself?
A: No, currently Aveo Systems needs to add support for new equipment to ensure the system works smoothly and maintains a seamless user experience for end users.

Q: How long does it take to get a new piece of equipment supported?
A: Many products can be added to Mira Connect within a week or two of requesting support for the product. It will take longer if we don’t have the equipment. Timing can vary depending on the complexity and scope of the product. Check our list of supported equipment often for updates. Please ask us early in your design and installation cycle to ensure we can be responsive to your requirements.

Q: Once new equipment is supported, how does Mira Connect get access to it?
A: Mira Connect checks for software updates every day at its configured time (default is midnight) when it is connected to Mira Portal. Mira Connect will automatically download and install new software that includes the latest functionality for all supported equipment. All you have to do with Mira Portal is refresh your browser to get the latest updates.

Q: Is there a wall-mounted version of Mira Connect?
A: Not currently. If you are interested in having a wall-mounted version, please send us your requirements to info@aveosystems.com

Q: How long is the hardware warranty on Mira Connect?
A: Mira Connect comes with a one-year hardware warranty with options for extending that to multiple years.

Q: What’s covered by the Mira Connect hardware warranty?
A: The Aveo Systems limited warranty ensures that the system will operate as a room controller free from defects in workmanship and material under normal use and conditions. While the warranty is active, if a replacement unit is necessary, Aveo Systems provides advance replacement with ground shipment in both directions. Screen breakage is not covered by the factory warranty. The battery is warranted for one year and extended warranties do not include the battery.

Q: Can I purchase an extended hardware warranty for Mira Connect?
A: Yes, there are extended hardware warranty options that extend coverage for up to an additional three years from the end of the one year warranty. Extended warranties must be purchased at the time of the system purchase. Extended warranties do not extend the factory one-year warranty for the battery.

Q: Does Mira Connect come in any color other than dark grey?
A: Currently dark grey is the only color option for off-the-shelf products. If your project requires a different color for Mira Connect, contact us to review options.

Q: Does Mira Connect support a contact directory for one-touch dialing?
A: In the near future Mira Connect will be able to integrate with Microsoft Office 365 which provide directory support. In addition, we expect you’ll be able to upload a static list of contacts. You will need the appropriate license level to use these features.

Installation

Q: How do I get help during the setup of Mira Connect if I have questions?
A: While Mira Portal is very easy to use and add equipment and control points, a great reference when setting up Mira Connect is the Mira Connect Administrators Guide. If you have other questions, please contact us at 678.653.7090 or send an email to support@aveosystems.com.

Q: Do you have training videos available for setting up Mira Connect?
A: Yes, we have a series of short training videos that start at the beginning and go to advanced applications. We suggest you start at the beginning if you haven’t used Mira Connect before.

Q: How do I update the software on Mira Connect?
A: If Mira Connect has access to Mira Portal (i.e., it can reach mira.aveosystems.com), each day Mira Connect will check for updates at the time set in the site settings for the Automatic Update Time. The default time is 12:00am in the local time zone. In addition, if you restart or power off and power on Mira Connect, Mira Connect will check for new software when it starts up.

Q: Can I have more than one Mira Connect in a room?
A: No. While currently only one Mira Connect device is supported per room, you can use the remote control version of Mira Connect to provide additional virtual controllers in a room. Each room in a split and combine multi-room configuration can have its own Mira Connect.

Q: What’s a control point?
A: Control points are the name we use for a specific item to control, such as a mute point for muting and unmuting the system or to dial a telephony interface. Mira Portal makes it easy to add equipment and specify or, with some devices, just select control points. A control point can be a virtual channel name (for SoundStructure), and instance tag (for Biamp), or a named component or named control (for QSC), a preset name, or something else depending on the device.

Q: How many displays can I control with Mira Connect?
A: Mira Connect can control as many displays as you have. Each display will have a menu for source selection and power control. If there are more display controls than fit on the Mira Connect display, you can scroll to see additional screen controls.

Q: How do I move Mira Connect from one room to another room after it has been configured?
A: All you need to do is unpair Mira Connect from the first room and pair it with the second room. Mira Connect will automatically download its configuration and will control the equipment from the room with which it is paired. No programming is required.

Q: Is there a way for users to reset their conference room settings back to default values with Mira Connect?
A: Yes, there is a ‘room power off’ feature that is accessible from the site setting that will reset the volume back to default, turn off any displays or projectors, hang up any active calls, and set the microphone mute state back to the desired state as set in the site settings.

Q: Can I customize the background image and logo of Mira Connect?
A: Yes, the background image, logo, and custom colors for the display on Mira Connect can be configured via the Visual Theme settings using the site settings. Mira Connect devices will need at least the Mira Portal Essentials service to support customizing the visual theme.

Q: How do I put different background images and logos into different rooms at my site?
A: All rooms at the same site will have the same background image and logo. If you need different background images and logos, create a new site and move the rooms of interest to the new site by using the Move to Site… function available by right clicking on the dots next to the room name in Mira Portal. Then customize the background image and logo of the new site.

Q: What remote control capabilities are there?
A: Users with the proper permissions can remotely operate Mira Connect from their web browser. This means someone can sit in the back of a room and manage a call, for example, or an integrator can provide a helpdesk service and remotely help end-users in the room.

Q: How do I resolve a ‘Can’t connect’ message when Mira Connect tries to communicate with my equipment?
A: First, ensure you have the correct IP address for the equipment. Then make sure you have telnet enabled for the device. Check the Mira Connect Administrators Guide for information about how to enable network control for various devices.

Q: Can I duplicate a room to use again with the same equipment and same control points?
A: Yes, use the Duplicate function for the room to copy all the room settings, except for the IP addresses of the equipment, to a new room. Then go to the equipment for the new room and enter the updated IP addresses, and your room will be ready to be paired with a Mira Connect in the new room.

Q: Can I secure Mira Connect to the table to so that it doesn’t ‘walk off’ ?
A: Yes, there is a Kensington lock socket on the rear of the Mira Connect panel that can be used to secure the unit to a table.

Q: Can I use Mira Connect wirelessly?
A: Yes, While Mira Connect has a wired ethernet interface, it can operate on wireless networks and, because it has a built-in battery, can operate without being plugged in for extended periods of time before it must be recharged.

Q: How do I supply power to Mira Connect?
A: Mira Connect is powered over its ethernet interface with PoE. When using Wi-Fi, Mira Connect can operate for several hours or more, depending on use and battery charge without needing to be charged, but will eventually need to be connected to a PoE connection to recharge.

Q: Is it ok to leave Mira Connect plugged into the PoE network all the time?
A: Yes. Mira Connect uses smart battery charging technology to maximize the battery life and prevent overcharging.

Q: If I install a Mira Connect for my customer, and in the future the customer uses a different reseller, will they have access to the room and settings I configured in Mira Portal?
A: No. Unless you’ve granted access permissions to the new reseller or the end user, the new reseller will not have access to your Mira Connect organization, site, and room settings. The new reseller will either have to ask you for Mira Portal permissions or will have to create a new room in Mira Portal and configure the equipment, and pair the Mira Connect to the new room.

Q: Can I change the layout of the control icons on the Mira Connect user interface?
A: No. The icon layout is fixed in a logical and user-friendly way. This is a core design element of the power of simplicity model of Mira Connect.

Network

Q: Does Mira Connect need access to the internet to be configured?
A: Yes, Mira Portal is used to define the room and add equipment to the room. Mira Connect uses Mira Portal for pairing to the desired room. Mira Connect needs internet access to get a uniqe pairing code from Mira Portal. Once paired, Mira Connect confirms connection to the local equipment, updates Mira Portal with the connection status, and controls the equipment locally without requiring further access to Mira Portal.

Q: Does Mira Connect need access to the internet to control my devices after it has been set up?
A: After the system has been set up, Mira Connect does not need to have access to Mira Portal unless Mira Connect is rebooted. Mira Connect’s battery ensures the system doesn’t reboot if power is interrupted briefly. However, access to Mira Portal makes it possible to manage Mira Connect remotely by users with the proper permissions, automatically receive information alerts about the room should any equipment have an issue, receive software updates, change equipment, unpair from the room, and edit equipment and control points.

Q: Can I remove internet access from Mira Connect after getting it working and controlling the local equipment?
A: Yes, however currently Mira Connect requires internet access each time it powers up. Also you will not have access to software updates or Mira Portal remote management if Mira Connect does not have access to Mira Portal.

Q: Who has access to the Mira Connect remote control capabilities?
A: For Mira Portal users who have at least ‘Help Desk’ permissions, the remote control feature allows one to view the Mira Connect user interface and control the room remotely through Mira Portal. Any changes to the room state are also shown directly on the Mira Connect that is in the room. Mira Portal users who do not have help desk permissions do not have access to the remote control capabilities.

Q: Can more than one person access the remote control capabilities at the same time?
A: Yes. All users who have at least ‘Help Desk’ permissions have access to the remote control feature and can control the room just as if they were using the Mira Connect in the room. For example, you could have the IT person at the organization using the remote control capabilities while an integrator is also using the remote control capabilities at the same time.

Q: Can I set a static IP address on Mira Connect?
A: Not currently, but it will be added in a future software update. As the IP address that Mira Connect receives doesn’t matter as long as it is on the same subnet or has a route to devices it will control, Mira Connect requires a DHCP server for its IP address.

Q: Does Mira Connect support secure communications?
A: Yes. Mira Connect only uses secure communication to Mira Portal.

Q: What network ports does Mira Connect communicate on?
A: Mira Connect uses TCP over port 443 with the secure https protocol to communicate with Mira Portal and to download new software. Mira Connect will also communicate via TCP to the devices it controls over the ports specified by the devices. For example, Mira Connect communicates to a Polycom SoundStructure on port 52774 or 52775 (if there is a password on the system) and communicates to a Biamp DSP over port 23.

Q: Is access to Mira Portal encrypted?
A: Yes, logins and data transmitted between Mira Connect and Mira Portal are encrypted using TLS.

Q: What ports do I need to open up on my firewall for Mira Connect to connect to Mira Portal?
A: None. There is no need to change your firewall settings. Mira Connect makes secure outbound connections to Mira Portal using TLS and port 443 to ensure security. This is similar to someone using their browser to connect to any other secure website, such as their bank. Mira Connect initiates communication to Mira Portal and receives information it has requested from Mira Portal. Mira Portal does not communicate directly with Mira Connect unless Mira Connect has initiated the communication, so there are no ports to open on the firewall.

Q: What data is stored on Mira Portal?
A: Mira Portal stores information about the equipment IP addresses and control points, equipment status, and information about recent call types and durations.

Q: Who can see my data on Mira Portal?
A: Mira Portal access is limited to those users who have a Mira Portal account and have been assigned permissions to your organization or sites. As an organization or site administrator, you can add or remove access to other Mira Portal users.

Q: What data is being tracked, polled, or accessed by Mira Connect and where is that information stored?
A: The data tracked, polled, and accessed includes equipment online status, mute, volume, phone status, type of call, and dialed number information. This information is used for analyzing room usage. The data is stored securely in the Mira Portal cloud. Users with proper permissions can view their own data securely via Mira Portal.

Q: Does Mira Connect encrypt all data being transported?
A: Yes. Mira Connect encrypts all data transported to and from the cloud via https and TLS.

Q: Can credential names and passwords be changed on the Mira Connect?
A: Login credentials must be changed in Mira Portal.

Q: Do you publish a security and privacy policy?
A: Yes, here is our privacy policy.

Mira Portal Service

Q: What features do I get with the Mira Connect Essentials service offering?
A: The Essentials service includes remote control capabilities via Mira Portal for remote management and customizing the visual theme.

Q: What features do I get with the Mira Connect Enterprise service offering?
A: The Enterprise service includes the features from the Essentials service plus Microsoft Office 365 Calendar and Directory support, text alerts when equipment goes offline or online, and future analytics of room usage.

Q: Are analytics of room usage available?
A: Mira Portal will soon support information about room usage including the type and duration of calls in the room, organization, or site.

Q: What happens when my one year of Enterprise service expires?
A: Mira Connect comes with one year of Enterprise service. Anytime during that one-year license or afterwards you can renew the service at the Enterprise or Essential service levels. If you don’t renew your service, you will still get software updates, your Mira Connect will continue to control the equipment in your room, and you will still be able to add, edit, and change equipment in the room. However without either Enterprise and Essential services, features associated with those service levels will not be accessible.

Q: Can I purchase site licenses for Mira Connect and Mira Portal?
A: Site licenses are sold to end users via our authorized dealer network. Contact your installing dealer for pricing of Enterprise or Essentials service.

Q: How do I purchase a service renewal?
A: Contact your installing dealer for pricing and renewal options.

Q: Can I renew a service even after it has expired?
A: Yes, at anytime you can add a service level to your room, allowing you to take advantage of the Essentials or Enterprise service features.

Q: Is there a penalty to renew if my Mira Portal service has already expired?
A: No, you don’t have to pay for any missing periods between when you had a license and where you are now. Service renewals start when you renew your service and end when the service period is over.

Q: Are multi-year service offerings available?
A: Yes, there are multiple year service offerings available. There are also multi-room or organization-wide licensing options.

Q: How is security built into Mira Connect?
A: We use the security features provided by the Android operating system, by Samsung, and the Mira Portal cloud application’s security rules to ensure secure operation of Mira Connect.

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