VDV Academy

Free Online Tutorials

Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics

Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV (voice/data/video) Cabling
 
The FOA website

FOA's Fiber U website
 
 
Contact Us
VDV Works
1119 S. Mission Road #355
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Tel 1-760-451-3655
Fax 1-781-207-2421
email: jim.hayes @ vdvworks.com
web: www.vdvworks.com


(C) 2003-2014 VDV Works LLC

 


Practically all communications technologies depend on fiber optics, making this the most important technology for communications professionals to understand. VDV Works has created many programs for fiber optic training that are now available through the FOA, including the free online training at Fiber U.
 
We've Created Fiber Optic And Structured Cabling Training Programs -
We're The People Who Wrote The Books
The VDV Academy training curriculum is developed by Jim and Karen Hayes, founders of Fotec, the fiber optic test equipment company they sold to Fluke Networks in 2001, and the "Fiber U," "Wire U" and "Cable U" training programs, including the famous "Fiber U" conferences of the 1990s and the first online training developed in 1997. The Fiber U and Cable U websites were the place many techs got their start in cabling.

Lennie Lightwave and Uncle TedLennie Lightwave and Uncle Ted

Jim is author of The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual and Data, Voice and Video Cabling,  the three FOA reference guides and monthly columns in several magazines. Karen is the originator of "Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics" and "Uncle Ted's Guide to VDV Cabling," the highly-praised free online guides to cabling. Together they have trained over 10,000 cabling professionals and hundreds of instructors, written a half-dozen textbooks and hundreds of industry white papers, magazine articles and web pages.

Lennie and Ted are now available free for the iPad from iTunes Store.
Lennie on iTunesTed on iTunes 


Instructor Resource Kits
If you are an instructor who wants to teach a VDV class, VDV Academy has created programs that are available through the FOA to FOA approved schools, affiliates and corporate members.

FOA approved

Instructor programs require tools, test equipment and supplies which are available at a discount through TreeTop Technical Products.
 

Jim Hayes training  Jim Hayes training at an industry convention

Onsite Seminar Programs
If you have a group interested in a training class, we can have a VDV Academy instructor come to your location anywhere in the world and present a custom class for your company or organization. We specialize in industry overviews and advanced topics - testing, the metrology of testing, OTDRs, fiber characterization, etc.
 
Free Online Tutorials
VDV Works offers two free online tutorials for those getting started in fiber optics or structured cabling. These websites have been used by more techs to get started than any other website or publication because they are the best overviews of the technologies available anywhere - and there's no product sales pitches!
Lennie online  Lennie Lightwave's Guide - where many fiber optic techs got started!

Feel free to link to these guides from your website.
Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics (with "virtual hands-on" tutorials in termination and testing and a tutorial on OTDRs.)

Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV (voice/data/video) Cabling (with "virtual hands-on" tutorials on terminating category-rated UTP cabling.)
These programs are also available free from FOA's Fiber U website.

VDV Academy is the educational division of VDV Works which provides technical support to the voice, data and video industry through consulting in technology and marketing and developing technical content for websites and training programs.