Work from Home - Computer setups



  • I was thinking about this lately and am wondering what others do. I have a home office. I work from home probably 2 days a week, and drive to the office the other days. I primarily use my personal PC to remote into a PC at the office, and do all of my work from there. I do this because I have 2 monitors for my home pc, have a nice keyboard, etc that I want to use. However, how do other people do this? For those of you with home offices, do you have a completely separate computer setup for accessing your work things? I'm thinking of setting up another desk, just to use with my work laptop and getting separate Keyboard, monitors, etc for that setup.



  • 2 monitors, keyboard and mouse at work, and 2 monitors, keyboard and mouse at home. Then just use my laptop wherever I am.



  • I use my own laptop with an external monitor with a mouse, and probably will use a keyboard when my new monitor arrives.

    However, it sounds like we're going to be shipped out work devices since we're starting to work towards SOC 2 compliance.



  • At the moment, I use a personal keyboard and mouse, with a company provided laptop. I'm thinking im going to purchase a monitor though as looking at the laptop screen has been causing some eye strain and me to lean forward to see the screen.

    Plus I'd like to just have my monitor more eye level.



  • I'm full remote, and I have a Macbook Pro for work and an XPS 13 for personal. I use both for work interchangeably. I have a 34" curved ultrawide and a vertical 27" beside it. Everything is on a desk that's standing or sitting (by crank). And I have a desk I made that I can attach to my treadmill to walk and work at the same time.



  • When my wife started remote teaching (via zoom) I purchased her a stand for her laptop, a second monitor, keyboard and mouse. She always worked from the laptop, even when she was at the college, so nothing to remote into.

    As Scott would call it - they are basically LANLess. The only thing on the LAN is printers, so it was a pretty easy transition for her.

    Oh wait - one failing they have - Whatever their phones are, the staff haven't been provided with a phone while away from their desk.
    This hasn't been a huge deal because the pandemic forced most students to have a computer/device that can do zoom, so zoom has replaced phone calls for the most part.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    At the moment, I use a personal keyboard and mouse, with a company provided laptop. I'm thinking im going to purchase a monitor though as looking at the laptop screen has been causing some eye strain and me to lean forward to see the screen.

    Plus I'd like to just have my monitor more eye level.

    Good for you! Working on a laptop is an ergonomic disaster.

    Hooking it up to an external monitor, external keyboard and mouse is the way to go.



  • I'm working from a personal laptop. If I am doing enough that I need a second screen, I can hook it up to my TV.

    That being said, If I have to actually travel, I have a work laptop that goes with me rather than my personal one.



  • Just bought a 31.5" HP monitor for the home office, will be picking it up in a bit. With tax it was only $205.19!



  • Desktop with 2 27" monitors at work
    Dell personal laptop with docking station, personal mouse with 1 personal 27" monitor and 1 work provided 27" monitor. I like having three screens. All sits on 6' X 30" folding card table from WalMart. Works well but my lighting the basement sucks.

    I currently remote into work pc. In a pinch, I can directly access work related systems through SSL-VPN but it can be slow at times. I do connect directly to my work lab using an old SSL-VPN and with it being a lab, doesn't need speed.



  • It's kind of funny, when we all worked in offices there are loads of health and safety requirements to do with decent chairs, space, monitors at the right level. We did regular checks to make sure everyone was compliant. All good stuff - anything to prevent the pain and misery of things like back pain.

    Now we all work from home and some people are literally lying on their beds with a tiny laptop on their laps.

    I wonder if firms might get sued. I haven't heard of anything happening. Obviously when Covid is over, many people will continue to WFH, but firms aren't going to get away with this. I wonder how it will be dealt with.

    My niece is a trainee architect for a prestigious Swedish firm in London. The top bosses have all moved home and are now working in their enormous houses in beautiful Swedish countryside and living the dream whilst the lower ranked workers are working in their tiny, shared, rented flats in London. My niece spends nearly 24 hours a day in a tiny room that is her bedroom cum office. There is only room for a bed, she sleeps on it at night and works on it in the day. This is the reality of WFH for a lot of young people in major cities. I'm sure it's the same in New York, Paris or Hong Kong. Maybe in the long run people will move out of the cities, but I'm not convinced.

    My company are pretty good - basically telling people they will buy them whatever they need for home.



  • @Carnival-Boy said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    My niece is a trainee architect for a prestigious Swedish firm in London. The top bosses have all moved home and are now working in their enormous houses in beautiful Swedish countryside and living the dream whilst the lower ranked workers are working in their tiny, shared, rented flats in London. My niece spends nearly 24 hours a day in a tiny room that is her bedroom cum office. There is only room for a bed, she sleeps on it at night and works on it in the day. This is the reality of WFH for a lot of young people in major cities. I'm sure it's the same in New York, Paris or Hong Kong. Maybe in the long run people will move out of the cities, but I'm not convinced.

    Those well off enough and working from home, often already have left the big cities... but the youngs, and less well off - they don't want to leave the city - they want the nightlife they hope to get back when the pandemic is over.



  • @Carnival-Boy said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    I wonder if firms might get sued. I haven't heard of anything happening. Obviously when Covid is over, many people will continue to WFH, but firms aren't going to get away with this. I wonder how it will be dealt with.

    I suppose Europe might suffer more of this, but I can't see this being an issue in the US, though of course there is room for me to be wrong. Some companies are providing whatever a person needs at home, but definitely not all.
    Plus there's a supply problem with some/many goods for these situations.



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    With my new monitor.



  • Pardon the unfinished basement in the background. This was before I had my thunderbolt dock so only the one monitor would come on.

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  • reading things at the top of the vertical monitor would seem to potentially be an issue, no?



  • I have a custom built stand up desk at home now, but I am thinking about making another station just for my work stuff. I have some extra monitors lying around.



  • @Dashrender said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    reading things at the top of the vertical monitor would seem to potentially be an issue, no?

    Nah, it's not bad. Having that for code is much nicer. That was kind of a low picture. At sitting height it's not that bad.



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    Right after setting it all up



  • @Kris_K said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

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    Right after setting it all up

    Nice setup. Man, I wish I had that much light. I'm in my dimly lit dudgeon.



  • @pmoncho Yup, it's in the attic. Having some skylights helps a lot.



  • @Kris_K said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @pmoncho Yup, it's in the attic. Having some skylights helps a lot.

    Keep thinking about putting those in my kitchen but the many people I have spoke with always mention how they leak after 5-7 years. I have enough roof problems. 🙂



  • @pmoncho said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @Kris_K said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @pmoncho Yup, it's in the attic. Having some skylights helps a lot.

    Keep thinking about putting those in my kitchen but the many people I have spoke with always mention how they leak after 5-7 years. I have enough roof problems. 🙂

    Our house had skylights installed in the 90's.
    We moved in 4.5 years ago and they do not leak yet.



  • @AdamF said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    I have a custom built stand up desk at home now, but I am thinking about making another station just for my work stuff. I have some extra monitors lying around.

    I actually just had two spaces setup for this, but only one sit-stand desk. Having that feature alone made me ditch me "work only" space and use just the one.

    Since I have laptops, moving a few cables (hdmi and keyboard although I could just get a logitech keyboard) isn't a hassle.



  • @pmoncho This is something I've considered (albeit smaller in form) to get a more natural feeling light.

    Youtube Video



  • @JaredBusch said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @pmoncho said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @Kris_K said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @pmoncho Yup, it's in the attic. Having some skylights helps a lot.

    Keep thinking about putting those in my kitchen but the many people I have spoke with always mention how they leak after 5-7 years. I have enough roof problems. 🙂

    Our house had skylights installed in the 90's.
    We moved in 4.5 years ago and they do not leak yet.

    Dang. Nice to know there are some builders/installers that can put in a quality product correctly.

    Another issue I have is my attic runs the length of my house so I would have to fashion some type of insulated duct work to reflect the light (only about 3'). Most of the house is dim except for the living room.



  • @pmoncho newer sunlight's have a no-break seal/membrane that gets installed around them too. So even bad installers can't really screw them up unless they try.

    You'd have to take a look at the different options.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    @pmoncho newer sunlight's have a no-break seal/membrane that gets installed around them too. So even bad installers can't really screw them up unless they try.

    You'd have to take a look at the different options.

    Thanks for the info. I have not looked in about 7 years but will take another look. Its either a sunlight or recessed lighting. Much rather have the sunlight though with less recessed lighting.



  • @pmoncho watch that youtube video I posted if you wanted to do something on the cheap to get through the winter.



  • @AdamF said in Work from Home - Computer setups:

    For those of you with home offices, do you have a completely separate computer setup for accessing your work things? I'm thinking of setting up another desk, just to use with my work laptop and getting separate Keyboard, monitors, etc for that setup.

    I have two full desks, each with two monitors, each with a desktop. All in one room. I have a dedicated office room (I'm WFH full time so this is important). I have a full desk phone as well.


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