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

October 2008
Training can be one of the best investments a contractor or installer of communications cabling can make. While many seek training to get certified, the real benefits are gaining the knowledge and skills to enter new markets, greater efficiency during construction projects, familiarity with new technology and a better basis for distinguishing hype from reality in the marketplace. READ MORE
September 2008
Security is on the minds of many corporate network administrators. They worry about hackers and botnets taking over their computers to send out spam, denial of service attacks on their Web servers, wireless interlopers accessing their corporate networks, and whatever other cyberthreats have been discovered in the last week or so that are likely to cause problems in systems. READ MORE
September 2008
The choice of premises fiber optic components is affected by -several factors, including communications equipment, physical routing of the cable plant and building codes and regulations. If the design is a corporate local area network (LAN), the design will probably include a fiber optic backbone, connecting computer rooms to wiring closets. READ MORE
August 2008
The choice of outside plant (OSP) fiber optics components begins with last month’s work: developing the route the cable plant will follow. Once the route is set, it is certain where cables will be run, where splices are located and where the cables will be terminated. All that determines which choices must be made on cable type, hardware and sometimes installation methodology. READ MORE
August 2008
From the technology with which Alexander Graham Bell yelled, “Mr. Watson, come here!” to crank, dial and touch-tone phones and continuing with Ethernet from 10 million bits per second to 10 billion, a pair of copper wires has been the mainstay of communications. Needless to say, some serious technical development was required to get to today’s cables. READ MORE
July 2008
Recently, I heard a report on National Public Radio about a crisis in office computer networks. Employees were watching the NCAA “March Madness” basketball games online, hogging bandwidth and slowing corporate networks to a crawl. This is an example of why network bandwidth, and eventually the cable plant itself, is so important. READ MORE
July 2008
Once a communications cable is installed, proof of proper installation is needed to get the customer to accept it (and pay your bill). What are ­the options on testing, certifying and/or verifying the cabling? Correct answers and explanations are in red. READ MORE
July 2008
Having decided to use fiber optics and chosen equipment appropriate for the application, it is time to determine exactly where the cable plant and hardware will be located. One thing to remember: Every installation is unique. READ MORE
June 2008
Choosing transmission equipment is the next step in designing a fiber optic network. This step usually will be a cooperative venture involving the customer, who knows which types of data they need to communicate; the designer and installer; and the manufacturers of transmission equipment. Transmission equipment and the cable plant are tightly interrelated. READ MORE