Technical Requirements For Working From Home
With everyone having to work from home at the moment, many of you might be wondering what whether or not your home PC has the capability of coping with the day to day work that your office computer usually deals with. Here we break down a few requirements that would make your home work-life run that little bit smoother.
Most modern desktops or laptops will be able to handle office requirements from the home. Below is a list of some basic specs that you should check for:
- Processor Intel i5 or i7, AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500 or Intel’s i3 at the lowest end
- RAM: 8GB minimum
- Storage: an SSD with 256GB of storage minimum, some machines may also come with large capacity traditional HDD too
- If you work in the creative and content industries consider purchasing a graphics card made by Nvidia or AMD.
- Intel i5 or i7 processor
- 8GB of RAM (preferably 16GB if an option)
- 256GB of SSD storage
- 13in to 14in screen
- 1080p (1920 x 1200 or similar)
You should also consider purchasing noise-cancelling headphones to help shut out home life while you work.
Another consideration you might have is the purchase of a decent webcam. If you are working from a laptop this shouldn’t be an issue as most modern laptops have a built-in camera. However, if you are using a desktop you might not already own a webcam. A 1080p webcam won’t cost you that much and will make all the difference to your zoom calls or video interactions with work colleagues.
You should also make sure that your network requirements are up to scratch. A minimum upload speed of 2 Mbps and a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps would be the basic requirement of most online work environments. Check with your broadband provider to make sure your router and modem are up to par.
Once you have all of these things in place you should find that your online work runs smoothly and with a few technical hitches as is possible.