|Working in the van. Table open.|
|Using table in folded position. |
Drawer with printer is below
|Office boxes stowed in cabinet |
above TV & Desk
|Boxes placed on bed for use |
with little boxes inside
|Small boxes showing office supplies|
When I want to use my little office, here's what I have to do to set it all up:
- Put the lagun table into its pedestal. It is stowed behind the driver's seat, folded up.
- Pull the laptop(s) out of the drawer and place on the table (folded or unfolded)
- Get the power cords and plug in (when on shore power or genny)
- Pull my two office boxes out of the cabinet and place onto the bed next to the table.
- Get whatever I'm working on out and go to work sitting in the bench across the aisle from the table.
If I want to use the printer, I might need to pull it out so I can access the set up to find the wifi network and log it on like I'm doing at my sister's house. That only needs to be done once in any single place. Otherwise, the paper loading is in front as is the printed paper eject so it can be accessed easily.
I found the set up very usable. When the table is folded and pushed against the cat crate on top of the drawer unit, I can move past it without too much trouble. When the leaves are open, it is a lot harder but can be done. When I have my office boxes on the bed, they are easy to put back into the cabinet to clear the bed because everything stays right in them. The laptops can be closed and placed easily while plugged into the outlet either on top of the crate or in the drawer.
This setup would be better without the crate since that would give me a nice desk area but I need to be able to separate my two cat enemies. As soon as I think they are ok, something happens to prove me wrong.
For this use in the van, I got a Kodak all in one printer because it is small (17"x12"x7"), the ink is significantly cheaper than most others, and I still get a color printer, copier, and scanner. I also got a big, powerful notebook desktop replacement computer so my regular computer setup can travel with me. Not everyone needs or wants the powerful computers, but I do. I also have my smaller, older laptop for when I need a lighter, more portable computer.
I got a wifi card with an antenna to bring in weaker signals when needed. I set it up and it works fine. At first, I put the antenna near the window closest to my sister's house and got 3 bars - the same as the on board wifi. I moved it to the top of the crate to get it out of the way and discovered it enhanced the signal to 5 bars! I have no idea why it is better there, but I'll take it.