Man Your Battlestation! (New WFH Desk Setup)

With the busy season and holiday traveling, I figured that a lighter post about my new battlestation was in order!

I have complained about my desk situation for over a year now, but I finally decided to change it up.

After some help from Steve, r/battlestations, and some others, I have a better setup now.

Original Setup

My original setup was my personal desktop, two monitors, and keyboard + mouse on my desk.

Battlestation - Original setup

Unfortunately, this left no room for my work setup on my desk. This meant that I'd work from home with my chair facing away from my desk, my laptop on my lap, and my feet on the couch. Not the most ergonomic, comfortable, or productive setup.

With that in mind, I picked up the following pieces, and began to set up a new desk.

Mounting the Monitors

Assembling the mount was fairly straightforward, although it took plenty of blood, sweat, curses, and tears.

I think it would have been easier to assemble somewhere else, and then move it to the desk. That said, I didn't have enough room anywhere else, and my stubbornness pushed through.

Once I assembled the arms, I took the stands off my current monitors.

Battlestation - Stands

Leaning over the desk, screwdriver in hand, I eventually got my first two monitors mounted. Again, while it would have been heavy and unwieldly, I should have done this elsewhere.

Battlestation - Originals mounted

With a quad-monitor setup, I was also able to finally unbox the monitors that work sent me when I started!

Battlestation - Unboxed

These two monitors were even harder to mount, but I eventually got the first one on.

Battlestation - Third monitor

With a little more time and effort, I got the fourth monitor on there as well.

Battlestation - Four monitors

The riser looked great, and was able to hold the weight of everything with no problem!

Battlestation - Riser

Battlestation Trash Cleanup

Of course, no build is complete without a nice pile of (now useless) boxes.

Battlestation - Boxes

Plus, I managed to fill up most of my trashcan with the packing materials. As an added bonus, you get to see some of my hacking books!

Battlestation - Trash

Alignment and Configuration

First, with everything mounted, I needed to fix monitor's alignments.

Battlestation - Aligning

When I got them straightened out and plugged in, they look pretty good from where I sit. The top two monitors are a bit higher than eye level, but I plan on putting lesser used windows on them.

Battlestation - Front shot

I ended up putting my work laptop under the riser, and connecting it to the KVM via some USB-C dongles. I will connect the left two monitors to my desktop, the top right monitor to my work laptop, and the bottom right monitor will alternate between the two (via different cables).

Plus, I made sure that everything worked with some parrot.live in my VMs!

Battlestation - Finished

Battlestation Conclusion

I actually put this setup together awhile ago, but am just now getting around to posting it.

This has made my life so much easier, and definitely gave my office new life. I also ended up running a VGA cable from my server to the top-right monitor, if I need to see anything.

I still probably need a different desk, but I have no idea what I would like that is big enough. If you have suggestions, then definitely reach out!

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks. His previous position was a Senior Penetration Tester for a major financial institution.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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