Can you use your Raspberry Pi to work from home?

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If working from home has become your new normal, you may find that a small laptop isn’t enough to service what you need. You may be used to multiple monitors in the office and additional pieces of kit – so what can you do to make working from home, work for you? 

Raspberry Pi 4 is more than powerful enough to act as a replacement desktop computer or even as a secondary one to use while you’re video conferencing on your work laptop. Whether you’re dusting off your Pi 4 or are investing in a new one, let’s take a look at how you can use your Raspberry Pi to work from home.

Connect your monitor, keyboard and mouse

If you’re looking to create a new desktop system at home, Raspberry Pi offer a desktop kit that has everything you need to get going! Including a USB-C power supply and enough cables to sink a ship, it’s easy to connect your keyboard and mouse by simply plugging them in! If you want to use more than one monitor, which many people do in an office environment, the Pi 4 has two micro HDMI sockets to allow you to do this. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have a micro HDMI to HDMI cable at home, there are two of these included in the desktop kit. It really is a case of plug and play!

Next, get your wireless network set up

It’s likely that if you’re working from home you’ll need to use the internet. There are two options when doing this, setting it up from your existing desktop or setting up the network before you boot up your Raspberry Pi for the first time. Whichever you choose, both are as easy as the other. 

Get your emails up and running

Let’s face it, our working lives are spent sending and responding to emails. When setting up your emails you have two choices again. You can either access them via an internet browser or get your mail directly to your Raspberry Pi desktop. With Raspbian, you have access to the Claws Mail client. This supports both POP3 and IMAP email standards – simply connect your emails using these. 

Start working with Microsoft Office

Whether you’re a writer using word or a statistician using excel, most companies require you to work with Microsoft Office in some capacity. Although there’s no native version of the applications that run on Raspberry Pi, you can access them directly through your internet browser. All you need to do is head to office.com, log in with your company details and away you go!
With the Raspberry Pi 4, the possibilities are endless. Whether you use the system to work from home more efficiently or even transform it into a home entertainment system, the Pi 4 can offer you so much. 

Ganesh Kolekar is a graduate and geek. He is the man behind keeping the quality of the posts and manages the content part on the website.

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