It is fair to say that the personal home computers is just as integral to modern households as a refrigerator, electric range, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer. Normally, appliance technicians install large and heavy duty machines per local coding rule and regulations. A desktop or laptop computer is less complicated than other large appliances in your home. However, if you fail to properly install the computer, you might have unintended consequences. The computer may suffer damage if it is not placed in a secure location on steady furniture. You or other members of your household may also become distracted by the presence of the PC, especially from the blinking lights. The heat that is put off from the internal fan that cools the processing chip may make a small room with no air conditioning and ventilation feel like a sauna. Home computers are meant to benefit people, and you can ensure that this happens by taking a few things into consideration as you initially set up the system.
Purchase a professional desk or student desk that can adequately support the weight and use of home computers. A better option is a computer desk that has wheels, retractable and adjustable keyboard tray, as well as other other shelves and compartments for placing a desktop printer.
Although laptops are portable, you don't want to use the kitchen or dining room table as a makeshift desk. That could damage the finish on the furniture, scraping off the paint and creating dents as you scoot or move the laptop around on the surface. Also the heat may blemish or oven melt the paint or wood finish over time, as the laptop's fan expels air from the bottom of the unit.
Obtain a backup battery and surge protector. Desktop home computers, in particular, cannot function without electricity. If you are in the middle of typing a document or watching a movie on a desktop, the system will immediately shut down, losing all of your work if there is a temporary interruption in power in your neighborhood. Laptop computers can rely on battery power when power is cut, but you can increase the amount of power that you can make available for the laptop by using a backup battery in addition to the rechargeable battery in the laptop.
The technical name for these backup batteries is uninterrupted power supply, or UPS. You can obtain these batteries from any local electronics store that sells home computers. Ensure that the battery also has surge protection features to prevent an electric shock from a lightning storm from damaging your home computers.
Plan to use home computers near wall outlets. This goes for both electrical outlets, telephone outlets and cable TV outlets. You don't want long extension cords that have to run across a room that has a lot of foot traffic and you don't want cords running from room to room.
Most homes have access to high-speed broadband service, such as cable Internet and digital subscriber line, or DSL. The modem needs a direct connection to the cable or phone outlet in order to transmit your digital data using the service provider's network and infrastructure. In some cases, you can hire and electrician to add an extra outlet to a room.
Invest in networking equipment if you have multiple home computers. For example, you can set up a stationary desktop computer in a home office, but use a wireless router that shares the Internet service with other computers in the household, particularly laptop users. Alternatively, you can install powerline adapters that turn your entire home's electrical system into a network for Internet access in other rooms. This sharing of a single Internet connection is more economical than subscribing to multiple service plans.
Sources and Citations
- ZDNet: How to set up a new PC in one easy session; http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-to-set-up-a-new-pc-in-one-easy-session/553