Working from home and other remote locations has become increasingly attractive to business leaders and employees over the past decade. As technology rapidly improves and becomes more user-friendly, it makes sense for both parties to take advantage of high-speed internet, mobile phones, and an array of other resources that allow for a mutually beneficial working relationship. Many companies see the advantages of lowering overhead and relieving the stress of high-traffic commutes, and they continually search for ways to offer flexible commuting policies.
Amid ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns, employers continue to rely on work-from-home strategies to maintain their operations. Of course, transitioning to this remote setting was not necessarily easy for all businesses. If you are still struggling to adjust to a work-from-home role, look to NerdsToGo for assistance! We’ve helped organizations and professionals prepare their technology for peak productivity to weather the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Below, we’ve compiled several must-have tech components for remote work. Let’s take a look!
Considerations for Your Work-from-Home Setup
Whether you are working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions or are launching your own business, NerdsToGo is here to help you ensure you are set up for optimal productivity and data security. It’s easy to over or underestimate your home office needs. Luckily, our Nerds know which questions to ask to eliminate the guesswork. That way, you can get up and running right away to keep your employer or clients satisfied.
Here are a few of the core tech components you’ll need for your remote work:
Besides your desk, chair, pens, paper, and a high-octane coffee maker, there is no piece of equipment more important for your home office than a computer. No matter what type of work you do, few freelancers, small business owners, or remote workers can complete tasks effectively without this device. If you don’t already own a computer, or your employer has not provided you with one, it’s vital to find an option that meets your professional needs. For example, if you plan to work off-site to create a mobile office, visit client offices, or work while traveling, a laptop is an ideal solution.
Computer Connection and Networking Solutions
Your computer alone is not effective in today’s business landscape without networking capabilities to connect you with your employer, clients, and the internet. This means that you’ll need a high-quality wireless network router that offers plenty of control over your system’s security. At NerdsToGo, we have extensive knowledge of a wide array of brands with various features and capabilities and can help you select an option that meets your needs.
Keep the following qualities in mind as you search for a reliable Wi-Fi solution:
- Easy-to-manage for simple web interfacing needs
- Speedy Megabytes per second (Mbps) for efficient processing
- The ability to support quality of service (QoS) to prioritize needs on a case-by-case basis, such as streaming media or seminars
- Fanless routers to reduce noise and dust in your workspace
Network Firewall Security
Everyone likes to think that they can get away with minimal network firewall security to save time and money. However, proper protection is vital to keep your system safe, secure, and running smoothly. All it takes is one hacking event or ransomware attack to cause significant and lasting issues.
Various types of firewalls can help you ensure your devices and data remain protected, so you can work without worry. Once our Nerds install your selected firewall plan, keep the following tips in mind for optimum security:
- Create a complicated router password featuring a random string of letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Change your router password frequently.
- Use guest networks to accommodate visitors without providing your core router information.
- Turn off guest and auxiliary networking when they are not in use to avoid unnecessary security risks.
- Change the network name to something other than the router manufacturer’s brand name.
- Hide your network so that no one else can see it.
Let the NerdsToGo team Set You Up for Work-from-Home Success
Do you feel ready to take on your daily tasks with your current remote setup? If not, NerdsToGo is here to help. Our certified Nerds will sit down with you to help determine your needs and how we can help. Then, we’ll offer our guidance and tech solutions to ensure your IT infrastructure allows for peak productivity and security. The best part? We offer convenient remote services, so you don’t have to pack up your devices and visit our storefront in person. Plus, if you run into any problems that do require in-person assistance, we can either visit your home for troubleshooting and repairs or set up no-touch pickup and delivery options.