An on-site TypeWell transcriber uses a laptop on a steno table while seated (or in some cases, standing) in the same room/location as the reader. The transcriber sits in an area that ensures optimal ability to hear lecturers and participants and to view an overhead screen or board. The reader sits anywhere in the room and reads the transcript on a computer or mobile device.
An off-site TypeWell transcriber uses a laptop or desktop computer and listens to the lecture or discussion remotely. This is known as "remote transcribing." A microphone transmits the audio from the classroom or meeting room to the transcriber via Skype or another audio connection. The reader sits anywhere in the room and reads the transcript on a computer or mobile device. To maintain a quality audio signal, the right microphone must be used and be placed appropriately. A reliable Internet connection also is required.