Since so many of us are currently moving to a Work from Home model, we want to start a discussion thread. We want your input as to what hardware devices you are using, setup instructions, best practices, etc. Please post your thoughts and and ideas on this thread. You can see our new WorkFromHome board here. Also, check out this article, "A Guide to Dell Resources and Tools for Remote Work or Study".
Having worked from home for almost 18 years, here are things I learned (some the hard way!) over the years.
Forum Member since 2004
I am not a Dell employee
First thing I recommend is upgrade to windows 10 using OEM system builder DVD.
Make sure region code is set on your drive BEFORE trying to upgrade.
Install clean onto brand new 2TB no larger drive is also recommended.
If you already have WIN7 system you use the I don't have a key option and install clean AHCI not IRRT.
After that I recommend Open Office.
You set load save preferences to be Microsoft Office as default save for Word and Powerpoint and Excel.
Firefox 45.9 ESR is also recommended.
Newer versions also work but this is the last version that worked with older os.
Newer Chrome based edge is also recommended for WIN10
This works with most Dells from 2006 to now. 4 gigs is bare minimum recommended ram.
8 gigs is better and 16 gigs is the sweet spot. 32 and 64 dont make much of an improvement.
MIFI is very expensive in my area so unless you must have constant internet I don't recommend this. I do have it however just in case power goes out or ISP dies.
Jetpacks can be put on pay as you go.
I do not recommend a contract with Autopay because they will charge you overages. You can burn thru your limit with 4g in as little as 45 minutes and its $100 an hour overage after that. They wait 8 to 24 hours to warn you about this. If you are on pay as you go when you reach the limit the internet cuts off.
Local Shops I can access have very reasonable WIN10 machines.
Also keep in mind that they will run out of stock and not be able to get more due to nobody shipping anything. Amazon, Ebay, etc are not able to ship orders.
A local Health Care Provider will have 8 Administrative personnel working from home and ordered 8 Dell laptops.
Recommended the Dell Latitude E5540:
Started the W10 image Thursday morning and completed 8 units by 1:30.
Their IT picked them up on Friday morning installed the required software for them to work at home.
The laptops were delivered Friday afternoon and they will start working from home Monday morning.
I found the E5540 image very easy to build and it has very easy access to the HDD, Memory and WiFi card.
Best regards and be safe,
I worked from home for about 5 years and it's been great.
Here are my tips:
1) Build a Permanent Work Space
2) Invest in Quality Technology
3) Get Comfortable Office Furniture
4) Set Real Work Hours
5) Discover Your High Productivity Periods