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

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
December 2007
We returned to our home after the California wildfires burned right through our neighborhood, missing us but coming much too close for comfort. In our rural town of Fallbrook, more than 40,000 people had to be evacuated for up to five days. Nine thousand acres burned, and 206 homes, two commercial buildings, and more than 20,000 avocado trees in local groves were destroyed by the Rice fire. READ MORE
November 2007
A question often asked by people in the fiber optic business is why we have so many different connectors. The specific reference is usually to the 8-pin modular connector design used on 4-pair UTP cable for premises cabling, as there are thousands of different electrical connector designs available. So whenever I hear this question, I respond with a hearty laugh and a question in return. READ MORE
October 2007
Like many others involved in technical education, I have been guilty of continually telling you that you need to get more training. The best way to keep up with technology, products or the industry; enhance skills; or network with peers is to attend training seminars. Training seminars often allow you time to reflect on your work and give you insight to new opportunities. READ MORE
September 2007
Nowhere are the advantages of fiber optics—low loss, high bandwidth and immunity to electrical interference—more important than in security systems, especially surveillance cameras. READ MORE
September 2007
In the quiz (page 76), we ask some questions about choosing voice/data/video (VDV) cabling components for various applications. With so much changing in communications, cabling technology and standards, figuring out which components to use in a particular application can be tricky. READ MORE
August 2007
Here is one word of advice I offer to anyone asking about maintenance of fiber optic networks: DON’T! Some people have suggested fiber optic networks need periodic inspection of connectors, mating adapters and even testing or taking optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) traces. That advice is misguided. READ MORE