• Gregory Burns, The Tech Guy

Work-from-Home: Technology that will keep you connected to your office.

Updated: May 9, 2020

As a technology professional I often work from a home office late at night to watch over client's networks and perform several technology services.

Here are a few of the technology devices I used to help me stay connected and stay safe.

It all starts with your internet connection speed. I have Suddenlink 400Mb unlimited internet. I also have a Arris Surfboard SB6190 modem and a TP-Link AC2300 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router with a configurable firewall. This setup allows me to receive all of my internet speed, and at sometimes over my speed limit. With my wife and I both working from home along with the kids working on their school work, we do not have any lag on any of our connected devices or streaming TV devices.

2. Your computer, whether it is a desktop or a laptop is essential for your work from home activities. I actually have both, depending on the location I am working. My desk or my Lazy-boy. I have an Intel Nuc tiny desktop computer running 16GB of RAM with 1TB hard drive with dual 24" monitors, Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. My laptop is a Lenovo IdeaPad S145 running 16GB RAM, and a 265GB SSD. The SSD hard drive allows my laptop to boot up in seconds. Make sure you have a computer that can support all the activities you will put it through.

3. Antivirus software: I use Avast Business CloudCare for all of my devices as well as for my clients devices. It is light weight and does not slow down you computer while running in the background. Make sure you are using a good Antivirus software to protect you computer from malware, there are several antivirus vendors to choose from.

4. VOIP service: I use Intermedia Unite for my VOIP service and love it. No matter where I am located I have the availability to answer my company phone. I have a desk phone, cell phone app, desktop app and tablet app. No matter what device I am using I have the ability to answer phone calls. If you are looking for VOIP service give me a call for information. There are several VOIP services to choose from.

5. Video Conferencing: Intermedia Unite AnyMeeting is my video conferencing of choice. It allows you to have several users at one time as well as screen sharing. There are apps for iOS and Android app. There are several video conferencing software to use such as, Zoom, CISCO WebEx, DUO, Teams, Skype, etc. All of these are good choices. Make sure they are secured with encryption.

6. Web Cam: I use the web cam on my Lenovo IdeaPad S145 when using my video conferencing software. On my desktop I use my iPevo document camera for a web cam. The iPevo document camera works great as a web cam.

7. Office Suite: I use both Google and Office 365. I use Google more because I like Google and their product line. Both, are great office suites to use. Office 365 and G-Suite, in my opinion, are similar in the fact they both have an online version with great uses for you and your business.

8. Cloud Storage & File Collaboration: I use Google for my online storage platform. It allows me access from any device not matter where I am. Google also doubles as a collaboration software when work working with my staff and clients. Microsoft 0365 will allow you to collaborate as well and store data online.

9. VPN encrypted connection: There are several VPN encryption services out. I will give you a few of the ones I know about. Here are three VPN services. NordVPN, IPvanish, and CyberGhost. These VPN services are great to use and I know CyberGhost and NordVPN are both running a 3 year discount special right now. IPVanish has a low price special also.

Once all of the above has been setup or purchased your will have a great work-from-home office that will be secure and ready to get to work. Your colleagues and technology department will be happy you have the correct devices and services in place and ready to go.

If you have any questions or need help getting setup, give us a call or email.

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