Working From Home 101: Must-Have Devices for Your Home Office Setup – PCMag

Working from home can be as simple as sitting on the couch and opening your laptop, but that isn’t conducive to getting much done on a regular basis. You really need some sort of home office setup for an optimal balance of comfort and productivity.

While more people than ever are working remotely, not everyone has the same requirements. Generally, though, you need to be able to focus for long periods, without developing any aches or pains. You also must stay connected to the necessary resources and equipment for your job.

This list covers everything you need to consider, including routers and mesh systems for reliable Wi-Fi, chairs and desks for long-term comfort, top-notch peripherals such as mice and keyboards, headphones and speakers for avoiding distractions, and even some smart coffee makers to keep you energized. All of these items can help improve your workspace and make you more productive, but only you can determine your optimal setup.


Stay Connected: Wi-Fi Routers

Reyee RG-E5 Router

Internet access is essential for working from home, and you need to ensure consistent coverage around your residence. Although you can’t guarantee that your internet works 100% of the time (though fiber services like Verizon Fios are much more reliable than cable services like Spectrum in my experience), you can at least maintain a strong Wi-Fi network.

If your place is small and your modem is relatively close to where you work, you can probably get by with a good router. Ditch the one your provider offers (especially if you have to rent it), and invest in one that gets you faster and more consistent speeds as well as superior range. A good budget-friendly router like the TP-Link Archer AX50 costs as little as $120, though much more powerful models like the Asus ROG Strix GS-AX5400 can run you more than twice as much.

If your home is large, one router might not cover everything. In that case, consider a mesh system. These are routers that distribute wireless connections across multiple devices around your home; they improve range and long-distance performance because your computer only needs to connect to the closest mesh node rather than to a router that is physically connected to your modem. Mesh systems are typically pricier than single routers (one of our favorites, the Netgear Orbi RBKE963 system, is $1,500), but they’re worth considering if you want to from anywhere in the house.

Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Mesh System

The Asus ZenWiFi ET8 is a powerful Wi-Fi 6E mesh system that delivers strong multi-band Wi-Fi throughout your home. It offers a good selection of I/O ports and comes with free network security and parental control software.

MSRP $259.99

Netgear Orbi RBKE963 Mesh System

The Netgear Orbi RBKE963 is a stellar (albeit quite expensive) three-piece Wi-Fi 6E mesh system that harnesses the 6GHz band to offer some of the fastest throughput speeds we’ve ever seen.

MSRP $1,499.99

TP-Link Archer AX11000 Router

The TP-Link AX11000 is one of the fastest Wi-Fi 6 routers we’ve tested, and it’s loaded with features, too, including a gamer-centric user interface, numerous …….



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