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Remote access / work from home

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:42 am

Hello all,

Soon I will be starting at a midsize firm in a major metro area doing lit. Partner told me there are unlimited sick and personal days and a lot of the attorneys work from home with remote access so that they can bill from home.

Now, I am an Apple guy. I have a MacBook and iPad. Am I likely looking at a situation where I have to buy a Windows laptop or a PC dual monitor kinda thing? What have your experiences been? Thank you.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby 2014 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:53 am

You will probably have to use some sort of virtual desktop if you have a Mac (generally Citrix but there may be other providers) and it can at times be more clunky than if you were sitting at a PC that was connected to your firm's document management system. However, the technology is pretty good and it's not a huge burden, just a minor inconvenience at times.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:55 am

Anonymous User wrote:Hello all,

Soon I will be starting at a midsize firm in a major metro area doing lit. Partner told me there are unlimited sick and personal days and a lot of the attorneys work from home with remote access so that they can bill from home.

Now, I am an Apple guy. I have a MacBook and iPad. Am I likely looking at a situation where I have to buy a Windows laptop or a PC dual monitor kinda thing? What have your experiences been? Thank you.

We have remote access at home and I use with wih my MacBook. You simiply use a desktop emulator (free) for windows... super easy.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby SFSpartan » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:56 am

My firm gave me a laptop and a docking station for my desk at home. I have to log into our VPN when I work from home, but it works very smoothly.

In the pre-laptop era, I used Citrix on my Mac and fucking hated it - though that has more to do with the fact that WiFi in my apartment is unreliable, and often caused Citrix to lag.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:11 am

I think with most setups, if you are using your personal computer and not the firm laptop, you have to use Citrix anyway. I switched about 2 years ago from Mac to PC, and I didn't notice any performance change - Citrix is a bit slow either way, but perfectly usable.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby 1styearlateral » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:17 am

Should be able to use the OS X built-in VPN app to VPN into your firm's network. If you want to Remote Desktop in, there's VM software such as VirtualBox. Is there no Mac app for Citrix?

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:14 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I guess I will talk to IT when I start but it seems as if a MacBook will be fine.

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Re: Remote access / work from home

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:32 am

I use a Mac mini hooked up to my Ethernet to run Citrix. I bought very high speed internet through Verizon. My set up at home is honestly better than the office. My dual monitors are bigger and internet is faster. I should actually work from home more.



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