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 2008
While the debate over which is better—copper, fiber or wireless—has enlivened cabling discussions for decades, it is becoming moot. Communications technology and the end-user market, it seems, already have made decisions that generally dictate the media. READ MORE
May 2008
Many years ago, people complained that the most dangerous part of fiber optic work was the chance you might get your eyeballs burned by laser light in the fiber. They had confused optical fibers to the output of high-powered lasers used in labs. READ MORE
April 2008
Before you can begin to design a fiber optic cable plant, you need to establish with the end-user or network owner where the network will be built and which communications signals it will carry. READ MORE
March 2008
Many columns have focused on components and installation issues specific to fiber optics. Component selection and installation all must be preceded by the design process, where the overall network is configured. As a result, it seemed appropriate to devote a few columns to the topic, which will run over the next several months. READ MORE
March 2008
One would think designing large commerical cabling systems would be more difficult than residential, but that does not seem to be the case. Commercial systems today have a big advantage over residential, as a limited number of standards cover almost every application. In any given office, one needs to worry only about installing telephones, computers and perhaps a few security devices. READ MORE
February 2008
With all the bad news about the housing and mortgage industries, writing about how to make money in residential cabling might seem untimely, but maybe not. During one recession long ago, I was working for an electronics company that had been growing very rapidly up to that time. READ MORE
February 2008
I know I have said enough about industry standards, so this will not be another column on that topic. However, I’m going to recruit you and your customers to create a new standard using a time-proven technique—just doing what makes sense! You see, standards come in two very distinctive varieties. READ MORE
January 2008
Often at this time, we look back at the past year to see what happened and look forward to the new year, wondering what comes next. While we do that, we promise ourselves to break old, bad habits and adopt new, better ones. READ MORE
December 2007
Recent events have lead me to carefully consider the meaning of standards. I spent more than a dozen hours helping an end-user and a cabling contractor understand what TIA-568 required (and/or allowed) for fiber optic testing. Neither could justify buying the standards documents for about $1,000 when they needed to know what only a few paragraphs said. READ MORE