Hardware Tips for Working from Home

If you have a CSCC supplied "One Device" kit. See the article about setting that up first: One Device: Kit Setup

Laptop Hardware Tips

Keyboard and Mouse

Tired of using the small laptop keyboard and trackpad? You can connect a full sized keyboard and mouse. There are a few ways you can do it, read more by clicking the headings below: wired keyboard and mouse



Tired of having only the small laptop screen? Connect to an External Monitor. computer monitor




Docks can be used to connect multiple monitors and other peripherals to your laptop.
thinkPad dock



A lot of computers have built in speakers and microphones, but using these can lead to an echo and poor quality of sound. Sound quality improves greatly if you use a headset.

Analog headsets - you may have a headset with 3.5 mm audio cables, that require little setup other than plugging them in properly.


USB headsets are Plug & Play - which means when you plug the cable into a USB port on your computer, it should automatically recognize it. If you have any issues, see the setup and troubleshooting sections below.basic headset



Most laptops have built in webcams, but if yours doesn't, or if you are on a desktop, you may want to get a webcam to be able to participate in video conferencing.
basic webcam


Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet) Adapter

If you have a computer that doesn't have built-in wireless internet capability, you can get a USB Wi-Fi adapter so your computer can connect to your wireless Internet. A couple of things to note: Wi-Fi connections are slower than wired, and the further your computer is from the router, the lower your connection speed will be.

USB wi-fi adapter

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