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

August 2009
Everybody knows that the bigger number on category-rated unshielded-twisted pair (UTP) cables means higher performance. What does it really mean to the contractor? READ MORE
July 2009
Outside plant installation (OSP) of fiber optic cables can be a more diverse process than premises installations. OSP installs may include placing aerial or underwater cable, direct-buried cable, cable in conduit or installing conduit or innerduct and then pulling cable. A single link may use several types of installation. READ MORE
July 2009
Wireless devices—including laptops, netbooks (the smaller, less powerful and cheaper PCs), iPhones, Blackberrys and regular cell phones—now dominate the news. Wireless is everywhere. I even hiked recently in a 4,500 acre nature preserve that had full Wi-Fi coverage at 50 megabits per second! In many offices, mobility is replacing unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable to the desktop. 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
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
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