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

May 2009
I’ve been creating these quizzes for almost 10 years now, but in reviewing my list of past topics, I realized I have never done one on the basics of fiber optics. I’m going to give you a “cheat sheet” and introduce you to the new Fiber Optic Association (FOA) Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide (www.thefoa.org/tech/ref) that I have been working on for the FOA during the last year. READ MORE
May 2009
So you have the installation job, contracts are signed and a set of plans has been handed to you. What’s next? Plan-ning the job is your first task. Proper planning is important to ensure the job is installed properly and on time and that it meets cost objectives, so you, the contractor, make a profit. (Ed. Note: For part 1, click here.) READ MORE
April 2009
This column recently has been discussing the process of designing fiber optic networks, so obviously, the next step is to install them. What does the “installation process” mean? Assuming the design is completed, we’re looking at the process of physically installing and completing the network, in other words, turning the design into an operating system. READ MORE
April 2009
When I was in college many years ago, my psychology professor said, “Every year, we give the same tests, but each year, the correct answers change.” We never knew if he was joking or if research really was providing new answers. But when it comes to networking options, the same phrase applies. So here in 2009, does one choose copper, fiber or wireless? READ MORE
March 2009
Managing a fiber optic project can be the easiest part of the installation if the design and planning is thorough and complete. If not, it can be the hardest. But even assuming everything has been done right, things still may go wrong, so planning for the unexpected also is important. Here are some project-management guidelines that can minimize problems and lead to a speedy solution. READ MORE
March 2009
Higher speed fiber optic networks demand lower losses in fiber optic cabling. Since the biggest source of loss is terminations, installers are reconsidering adhesive/polish terminations because they have lower losses. How well do you understand today’s adhesive/polish terminations? Answers and explanations are in red. READ MORE
February 2009
Efficient fiber optic restoration depends on finding the problem, knowing how to fix it, having the right parts, and getting it all done quickly. Like any type of emergency, planning ahead will minimize the problems encountered. READ MORE
February 2009
Most of the attention to fiber optic cable specifications is focused on the cable itself, not the fibers in it. But there are more choices today in fibers that require careful consideration. How well do you understand all the possible choices? Answers are on page 126. For explanations of the answers, visit www.ecmag.com. READ MORE
January 2009
In 2002, responding to the consequences of continual updates in communications cable, the National Electrical Code (NEC) added a provision requiring the removal of abandoned cabling. But what cables must be removed, and what should be done with them? Correct answers and explanations are in red. 1. The NEC defines abandoned cable as cable that is ___________. READ MORE

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