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

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
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
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
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