Fun Specs for WFH

April 28, 2021, at 06:07 PMerika

Had a conversation earlier today about how I've got my system setup for working from home. So:

  • Desktop (mine)
  • Surface laptop (work's)
    • Sits on a cookie cooling rack to deter overheating
  • Dell Universal Dock 6000 (mine)
    • Contains: HDMI and DisplayPort ports, USB ports, LAN; using USB or USB-C to connect to the Surface laptop
    • My three home monitors are all hooked up to the display port
    • Connected to Surface laptop via USB-C
  • Wireless keyboard (with two Windows keys, thank you very much) and mouse (mine)
  • KVM Switch (mine)
    • Only using the mouse and keyboard connectors
    • Connected to desktop and dell dock
    • Video uses VGA, and is therefore not connected - someday I might get an HDMI-oriented KVM, however...
  • Monitors - 3 Dell monitors (mine - mostly used from Kijiji)
    • Each hooked up to dell dock and desktop via HDMI and DisplayPort (yes, its a lot of video cables...)
    • Each monitor has been "programmed" so its buttons allow for easy switching of the input source via preset modes
    • 1080 x 1920; 2560 x 1600 and 1200 x 1920
  • Webcam (mine)
    • This is manually swapped between work and and home PC. I don't use it very often for home-based things, so its not really a bother
  • Headphones (mine)
    • Sony WH-1000XM3
    • Connect via bluetooth, so when swapping, re-pair with the respective computer

For working from home:

  • Laptop runs Teams, Slack, and other similar communications. All A/V goes directly through it, rather than via the remote desktop (which doesn't make sense imo).
  • A subset of monitors are used for displaying the work environment / remote desktop. See notes on how to do that here.
  • I have a powershell script on my remote machine so when RDP invariably rearranges my windows layout, it resets to how I normally use it. Maybe I'll incorporate that here one day (uses GetWindow, SetWindow), but it sounds like some people have their own setups for this.

BlogIt Side bar

Recently Written

erika: end hiding comments and categories

erika: end hiding comments and categories

Group-Specific Sidebar

Blix theme adapted by David Gilbert, powered by BlogIt