home office efficiency
By stanford on Aug 24, 2008
So, my girlfriend just started taking some college classes again. Since we live in a small loft in SF, space is in high demand, and we are now sharing a desk -- it's a pretty big desk. In her previous role as a restaurant manager, lack of a solid shared computing infrastructure has not been too much of a problem. We could always share a photo or music library or use my desktop as a print server.
However, suddenly her computing demands (whether she realizes it or not) have become much more complex. Just some of the things that would help:
- fully networked multi-function printer
- NAS storage with push-button backup capabilities
- secure remote access
- 2nd office chair (check)
- paper file storage
and the list goes on.
So, a couple printers look interesting. The Samsung CLX-3175 seem to do most of what I want (which doesn't include printing photos). Ink prices are a sore spot with me, so I might consider the B/W equivalent. I really like the scan to USB stick feature, but would hope that if on the network, anyone could scan to their own system.
For NAS, I would like to get a 4 or 5 bay like the Synology. This looks like the most robust feature set of the ones I've seen.