Home Office "Battlestation" Tour 2019

I figured now was a good time to share with everyone the hardware I use to handle my work for Stedman Solutions.

You can read about my Maple Desk here as for the chair I use an Office Master YS78 Chair with KR-200 Adjustable Arms. I can’t stress enough how important a good chair and desk are. I used to throw all my money into my computer and for years used a cheap sub $100 office chair which you can still see pictured in this photo now storing my backpack but I’m telling you during a long corruption repair having the flexibility to move your work surface up and down and a conformable chair is worth every penny.

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My main workstation is a Apple 2018 15in MacBookPro with a 6C/12T Core I7-8850H, 16GB Ram, Radeon Pro 560X and 512GB SSD. Its the High end Base Model for 2018. I of course run macOS but also use VMware Fusion. I primarily use two virtual machines a Windows 10 VM and a RedHat Enterprise Linux VM.

I use an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a Thunderbolt 2 to 3 Adapter and a WASD Keyboards Code Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. Once you use a Cherry MX Keyboard you won’t go back. At work I use a Das Keyboard 4 Professional with the same Cherry MX Brown switches.

For the Mouse I use a Logitech MX Anywhere 2 but I’m not 100 sold on it. I’m thinking of going back to the Apple Mouse.

I installed Red .2mm Reduction O Rings in the keyboard to cut down on noise. The above video allows you to hear the difference.

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Much of my customer work is done via Remote Desktop to a Lenovo T440s with a 2C/4T Core I7-4600U, 8GB of Ram and a 256GB SSD. I’m running Windows 10, SQL 2017, Database Health and many other networking and database tools.

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Finally we round out the tour. I’m using a Xerox Workcentre 3215 Printer and Scanner. Below the Xerox I have a Synology DS216+ with two 10TB Seagate IronWolf Drives. Its my main storage device which also sends Encrypted Backups to the Cloud.

For Networking I use the following,

1) Arris SURFboard SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem

2) Meraki MX67 Firewall

3) Meraki MS220-8P Switch

4) Meraki MR33 Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki has its flaws mostly with the firewall (Read No IKEv2 or IPv6 or AnyConnect Support and no Network Objects) but it terms on something thats easy to setup, manage and manage remotely they are great.

I found mounting all the hardware on a piece of plywood mounted to the wall just like a network room in a small business works well and helps keep the cabling clean.

In closing I recommend Tripp Lite Isobar Surge Suppressors. They have always served me well and its pretty much the only suppressor I use. Their price premium over a cheaper model is a small price to pay for the extra protection they offer.