Jim Hayes

Fiber Optics Columnist and Freelance Writer

HAYES is a VDV writer and trainer and the president of The Fiber Optic Association. Find him at www.JimHayes.com.

Articles by Jim Hayes

March 2010
Proper tools and test equipment are essential for the fiber optic installer. In my recent series on fiber optic installation, I discussed which tools and test equipment you need, so let’s see what you learned. Correct answers and explanations are in red. READ MORE
February 2010
Premises cabling to support phones and PC networks hasn’t really changed much since it was first standardized by TIA-568 around 1990; It has just become faster, and Ethernet local-area networks (LANs) are now a thousand times faster. Plain old telephone service (POTS) has migrated to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) on Ethernet LANs. READ MORE
February 2010
We’re nearing the end of our fiber optic cable plant installation; cable has been placed and spliced, so we’re ready to terminate the fibers for connections into patch panels or equipment. The location and types of connectors (generally SC, ST or LC) should have been decided during the design phase of the project. READ MORE
January 2010
Each year, before I write about events of the previous year and possibilities for the year just begun, I review my old columns to see what has changed. As I read last year’s column, I found myself nodding, yep, that’s about the same this year and that and that, too. READ MORE
January 2010
Much of the fiber used in premises applications for computer networks and closed-circuit security cameras is multimode fiber. Multimode fiber has special application and installation quirks you need to know to install and use it separately. How familiar are you with multimode? Answers and explanations are in red. READ MORE
December 2009
Installed cables often need to be joined together to complete a cable plant route; the route may be too long to pull or to place a continuous length of cable, since cable can only be manufactured in lengths of around 5 kilometers (km). One cable may be split to feed two or more cables, or even multiple cables will need to be interconnected at a single point. READ MORE
December 2009
The problem when dealing with technology is that it is always changing. Planned obsolescence sometimes means change for change’s sake (such as bigger tailfins on cars in the 1950s). In our businesses, however, it often means the new technology offers new application opportunities. Let’s test your knowledge of some of these changes. Answers and explanations are in red. READ MORE
November 2009
Industrial automation systems have become big users of fiber optics and copper cabling. Industrial applications of premises cabling usually have more stringent needs than commercial applications. How well do you understand industrial cabling? Answers and explanations are in red. 1. Industrial cabling generally has more stringent requirements for __________than office cabling. READ MORE
November 2009
The Installation of fiber optic cable is a very broad subject, mainly because every project is different. Proper installation requires good judgment, patience and care in handling the cable. Instead of trying to cover all installation types, let’s examine some guidelines that can be applied in most. READ MORE

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