What are the Technical specifications Sendsteps add-in ?

What are the Technical specifications Sendsteps add-in ?

Explanation for the system administrator 
Questions about the Sendsteps add-in 

The Sendsteps add-in is a tool that you can download here: https://web.sendsteps.com/download/add-in It is an additional tab in Microsoft PowerPoint that lets you add, open and/or close questions to your PowerPoint presentation. The audience can respond to these questions via Internet and/or send an SMS to vote on the questions in the presentation. These votes are immediately processed and displayed in your own slides. In order to let responses come to your computer, you need to be connected to the internet. To understand the technical specifications of the add-in we answered some frequently asked questions.

1) Please describe how the software (technical) works and what underlying technologies are used? 
The software consists of two components: the PowerPoint add-in and the server part. The PowerPoint add-in is a COM add-in, written specifically for PowerPoint. The PowerPoint add-in must be installed on a computer to start working with it. The server part ensures that the audience responds via the response website and/or an SMS and that the results come into the PowerPoint add-in. In addition, there is web.sendsteps.com where you can view the results and adjust the settings. 

2) What impact does the add-in have on our network and what is the burden on your Internet? 

The system is designed with the least possible network traffic in mind. The impact on your Internet connection of this traffic will be minimal. 

3) Which protocols and ports does the package use? 

All communications software is located on our server's default https traffic (port 443). 

4) What do the users need in order to make use of the software? 

System requirements: Windows operating system (Windows 10 or later) with PowerPoint (2016 or newer). There is no additional software required. 

5) Do you have a trial version which we can test? 

The Sendsteps add-in can be found on our website after making a (free) account. This is the default add-in that everyone uses. Need an account? Click here: https://www.sendsteps.com/en/signup/ 

Quick overview of the network specifications for Sendsteps add-in 

This document describes all the network specifications for the current Sendsteps add-in and related applications and sites. Currently, there are two products: 

1. Sendsteps add-in 

2. Response website (sendsteps.me of you own branded site) 

1. The Sendsteps add-in 

The Sendsteps add-in requires an internet connection to function properly. All network traffic is standard https traffic which is sent to and received from a single address: plugin.sendsteps.com (If you have an enterprise license with your own server, this will differ. For more info, contact Support @ support@sendsteps.com). 

The add-in does not require a lot of bandwidth, but a stable connection is required. Therefore, we recommend connecting your computer to the internet through a wired connection. 

The important information regarding the add-in: 

• Address: plugin.sendsteps.com (port 443). 

• Max bandwidth is: ±10 kB/s total (5 kB/s up and 5 kB/s down). 

• A stable connection is important. 

2. The response website 

The response website is a small website that has been optimized for use on mobile phones and with mobile networks. As such, it doesn’t require a lot of bandwidth, although the load on your internet connection does increase depending on the audience size. 

The important information regarding the website: 

• Website address: sendsteps.me  (port 443). Or your own address with Branded/Corporate/Enterprise license. 

• Max bandwidth is: ±150 bytes/s per phone. 


Run the Sendsteps setup from the command line  

This information is related to the work of system administrators and network operators. With this information, you can manage the Sendsteps software remotely on a network with computers that have Sendsteps installed. So, if it's too technical: that's correct :) Please send it on to your colleagues at IT or your colleague responsible for the computer network within your organisation. The Sendsteps setup can be run from the command line. This functionality can be used to automate installs or to use the Sendsteps specific parameters. All settings for the setup can be given through several parameters. Example command line: C:\Temp\Sendsteps- /SILENT /LOG 

General setup parameters:  

/SILENT, /VERYSILENT Instructs Setup to be silent or very silent. When Setup is silent, the wizard and the background window are not displayed but the installation progress window is. When a setup is very silent this installation progress window is not displayed. Everything else is normal so for example error messages during installation are displayed.  

/DIR="x:\dirname" Overrides the default directory name used as the installation destination (default is: 'C:\Program Files\Sendsteps'). A fully qualified pathname must be specified.  

/LOG Causes Setup to create a log file in the user's TEMP directory detailing file installation and actions taken during the installation process. This can be a helpful debugging aid. For example, if you suspect a file isn't being replaced when you believe it should be (or vice versa), the log file will tell you if the file was really skipped, and why. The log file is created with a unique name based on the current date. (It will not overwrite or append to existing files.) The information contained in the log file is technical in nature and therefore not intended to be understandable by end users. Nor is it designed to be machine-parseable; the format of the file is subject to change without notice.  

/LOG="filename" Same as /LOG, except it allows you to specify a fixed path/filename to use for the log file. If a file with the specified name already exists, it will be overwritten. If the file cannot be created, Setup will abort with an error message. 

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