Basic IT equipment you need at home

Article written by Techicated

The average home can no longer function with just a computer and a router. The typical family can have as many as 15 devices, and wireless internet access is a basic requirement. Here is a basic equipment set up that will serve a household well.


We produce a lot of data that we need to store. This data includes everything from pictures, videos, documents, to movies and music. Trusting a single location like a cloud service is risky. Imagine you store all your documents on Google Drive, and then you lose your account for some reason. Everything is gone. The best practice is to store everything locally on a device like a NAS and then backup that data to the cloud.

Access Points

The best way to get proper coverage across an entire home is to have access points in strategic areas. It will take some experimentation and testing to get it right, but it will require multiple access points. There are mesh systems available that make this setup easier, although they are a bit more expensive than standalone units.


The typical home will not have or need a firewall. However, if you have lots of internet connected devices like IP cameras and home automation gear, you can control what sites the devices access with a firewall. Set up requires some technical knowledge.


All this equipment needs protection from power failures and spikes. A UPS will protect the devices and supply clean power throughout the day. Not everything will be in a position to get UPS power. Try and buy devices that have built-in battery backup