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

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
July 2007
Fiber optics is not a new technology, having been available for communications for more than two decades now, but fiber still seems to have the “rocket science” aura. (In the interest of full disclosure, I once was a rocket scientist. READ MORE
June 2007
Revolutionizing residential entertainment and communications READ MORE
June 2007
Multimode fiber testing gets international attention I almost feel obligated to apologize for writing about technical issues related to multimode fiber again. However, multimode fiber is undergoing a revival in both interest and performance that is creating new issues users and installers must be aware of to guarantee successful usage. So here we go again. READ MORE
April 2007
Understanding TIA-568 can lead to more consistent loss measurements: READ MORE