Setting Up Your Work from Home Tech

You’ve been told to stay put and work from home. You’re looking around
your home or apartment and thinking, “uhm, work where?” You’ve never set up a
home office. Here’s help getting you organized to go online and get things done
working remotely.

The first things you’ll need are a computer and a cell phone. You may
even need the phone if your computer is set up for Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) communication, but at the very least, you will likely need to be able to
talk to people and get online.

Work may have provided you with a laptop. Or perhaps you already had
one or a desktop that everyone in the house has been sharing for years. So,
you’ve got a computer on which you can log in to necessary business applications.

But wait; we said log in – you’re going to need an internet connection.
Most homes do at this point, but you may have a pretty barebones router. Like
you, your internet service provider (ISP) wasn’t expecting business traffic
from your home.

To work remotely online you’ll need the internet speed and capacity to
handle video conferencing and running business software. If it were just you,
that wouldn’t be an issue. But you have a partner or roommate working from home
now, too. Or perhaps there are kids out of school who are avoiding e-learning
by streaming shows or playing video games.

It may be time to upgrade. Newer routers often offer both the older 2.4
GHz and the faster 5 GHz frequency, which has less interference. Additionally,
since 5 GHz isn’t as common, you’re less likely to compete with neighbors for
Wi-Fi signals (since they’re probably stuck at home, too).

Being Productive Working from Home

Once you’re connected to the internet, you’ll also have to log in at
work. Some businesses will have set up virtual private networks (VPNs) for
added security. A VPN connects a computer, smartphone, or tablet to a shared or
public network as if you’re connecting to a private network.

If not, the responsibility for securing your online activity is yours.
It’s always a good idea to make sure your operating system is up to date. Plus,
run the latest antivirus and software with the most recent security patches
installed. This is required if you’re working from home with an industry that
has compliance standards, but it’s a best practice for everyone.

And please don’t use Windows 7 any longer. If you haven’t upgraded your
OS since you bought that software, it’s definitely time to update. Microsoft
has stopped supporting Windows 7, which means it’s also not doing anything to
patch vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals know this, so don’t leave your home
computer open to attack.

Knowing that you could be working from home for the next few weeks,
take the time to actually establish and organize your workspace. Try to find a
place away from distractions or that has a door you can close to keep
distractions to a minimum. Also, think about being somewhere in the home that
gets natural light. This helps people be happier and more engaged in their
work.

You’ll also want to think about how far you’re setting up your
workspace from the router. Depending on the power of your hardware, you could
encounter a reduced signal the further away you go. You could consider a
network cable or Mesh Wi-Fi for your home. Traditional Wi-Fi relies on a single
router, whereas a mesh system helps you reach many, spread out areas in your
home.

Need to get up and running from home quickly? A managed service provider can help you connect, upgrade, or troubleshoot your home office setup. Give us a call today at01297 306 356.

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