Much of the discussion around work-from-home technology has focused on network connectivity and security. Those things are certainly important, but many remote workers face more basic challenges. They simply don’t have access to the technology tools they need to work from home effectively.
Here’s a look at three work-from-home tech basics that can help make remote work more productive.
The venerable PC remains the go-to technology for office computing. However, many remote workers don’t have access to a PC capable of supporting their business needs. Maybe they rely on their smartphones for personal (nonwork) computing. Maybe they have a PC that’s now being shared with their work-from-home spouse and home-schooled children. Physical workspace in the home may be limited, making it difficult to set up a traditional desktop or tower system.
Enter the mini PC.
A mini PC is a full-fledged computer system housed in a palm-sized chassis. Best-in-class models have fast processors, lots of memory, a graphics card, and a large solid-state drive. They’re also equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and USB ports. Plug in a large monitor and a keyboard, and you’re ready to work. Many units even mount on the back of a monitor for a streamlined work environment.
Employees who have been issued corporate laptops can bring their work computer home. But while laptops are great for travel, they are less than ideal for day-to-day work. It’s simple ergonomics: Most people are more comfortable using a full-size keyboard and monitor when spending hours in front of a computer.
That’s why a docking station is a must-have for work-from-home laptop users. A docking station allows you to transform any laptop into a full-featured PC that easily connects to peripherals and the network. In addition to HDMI, display, and Ethernet ports, docking stations typically feature a charging port, micro SD card reader, and powered USB hub.
Look for a unit that is compatible with a wide range of laptops and provides high-speed data transmission and high-definition graphics. The latest models hold the laptop vertically to free up desk space and dissipate heat.
Cloud-based conferencing platforms such as Zoom make it easy for work-from-home employees to access the collaboration tools they need. While these platforms can be used with virtually any device, heavy users will want to invest in business-class hardware.
An all-in-one conferencing speakerphone integrates microphones, speakers, and controls, eliminating the need to install each component separately. Fast processors and advanced Wi-Fi ensure a stable connection, while 360-degree microphone coverage and dynamic echo and noise reduction optimize call quality.
Interactive whiteboards include high-definition cameras and multiple microphones for video conferencing and allow users to write notes and drawings and capture them electronically. These tools are more flexible and dynamic than screen-sharing tools for meetings, webinars, and presentations.
Rahi Can Help
Rahi Systems stocks these and other work-from-home technologies in our Fremont, Calif., and Reno, Nev., warehouses, along with desks, chairs, file cabinets, and accessories. Whether you’re a business looking to outfit your remote workers, or an individual wanting to optimize your home office space, give us a call. We’re here to support you with same-day shipping or pickup.