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

June 2009
The corporate network is undergoing a major shift in emphasis that impacts cabling tremendously. The “traditional” corporate network that uses fiber optic backbones and category-rated unshielded-twisted pair (UTP) copper to the desktop is becoming a dinosaur. READ MORE
June 2009
Fiber optic cables are designed to protect the fibers, ease installation, and meet building codes and/or industry standards. This quiz will test your basic knowledge of fiber optic cables, their applications and their installation. You can find the answers in the new FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide (www.thefoa.org/tech/ref), especially the section on fiber optic cables. READ MORE
June 2009
Before beginning installation of fiber optic cables and hardware in a premises installation, the site must be properly prepared for the installation of fiber optic cables, hardware and transmission equipment. During the design and planning stages, the site should be inspected, and all the hardware necessary for the cable plant should be included in the design. (Ed. Note: Part 1 is here. READ MORE
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

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