The StenoCast Ez Send is the next-generation wireless transmitter from StenoCast, replacing the StenoCast RED, which was released in 2009.
The Ez Send plugs into the court reporter’s computer via a USB port. The Ez Send wirelessly transmits your translated realtime from your (court reporter) computer to up to 14 clients. The reporter’s clients may only receive this wireless realtime transmission if you provide to them either a blue or red Ez Receiver, or if they are using a StenoCast Realtime TV. These Ez Receivers plug into the clients’ computers via a USB port.
Not only is the Ez Send 40 percent smaller than its predecessor, it also has four innovations that make you, the realtime reporter, invaluable to your clients:
1) Realtime in Reserve (RiR) allows your clients to receive the entire realtime transcript, even if they connect with you after the start of the job. The entire transcript is instantly and automatically downloaded by your client and is then viewable and searchable, as if they had been present from the beginning of the realtime job.
2) You now have complete control over the number and types of connections. With previous generation transmitters you were limited to seven standard (2,400 baud) connections and seven refresh (38,400 baud) connections. With the Ez Send you have these options:
1. Seven standard (2,400 baud) connections, plus seven refresh (38,400 baud) connections
2. 14 standard (2,400 baud) connections
3. 14 refresh (38,400 baud) connections
Please note: If you configure your Ez Send to transmit with 14 standard connections, you may send your wireless realtime to from one, up to 14, clients in the standard mode. All these clients must receive your realtime in the standard mode. You cannot, for example, send in the standard mode to 12 clients and in the refresh mode to two clients.
If you are sending realtime to clients in both the standard and refresh modes, you may send your wireless realtime to up to seven clients using each mode: Seven in standard mode and seven in refresh mode.
Likewise, if you configure your Ez Send to transmit with 14 refresh connections, you may send your wireless realtime to from one, up to 14, clients in the refresh mode. All these clients must receive your realtime in the refresh mode. You cannot, for example, send in the refresh mode to 10 clients and in the standard mode to four clients.
If your CAT software company has adopted the Bridge refresh protocol, you may utilize this refresh feature if you have clients using the Bridge litigation-support software program. To do so you will provide these clients with red Ez Receivers. “Red” stands for “refresh-enabled device.”
To summarize: If you want to send “refresh” updates to your clients, you must (a) have CAT software that has implemented the Bridge refresh protocol; (2) have clients using Bridge litigation-support software; and (3) provide your clients with a red Ez Receiver.
Blue Ez Receivers may be used by all clients, regardless of the CAT software used by the reporter. Blue Ez Receivers are compatible with all CAT software (including Eclipse) and all litigation-support software, including Bridge. The only limitation is you cannot utilize the refresh feature if your clients are using a blue Ez Receiver.
As of January 1, 2012, all CAT software companies, except Stenograph, have adopted the Bridge refresh protocol. However, not all of these CAT software companies have fully implemented this refresh protocol. Please check with your CAT software vendor regarding the status of their implementation.
3) There is a dual-use serial port on the Ez Send. If you need to connect to a client using a serial cable, you can connect that cable (or multi-line block) directly to the Ez Send, and thus avoid connecting a serial cable into your computer and creating potential COM port issues.
You may also use the serial port on the Ez Send as an incoming port, which means if you need to connect wirelessly to more than 14 clients, you may do so by daisy-chaining two Ez Send transmitters together.
4) The new, much larger LED display allows you to know not just the number of connections, but the type of connections, standard or refresh. This information may prove invaluable if any troubleshooting is required.