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With the barrage of do-it-yourself smart devices, folks are excited about smart technology like thermostats, cameras, door locks, and lighting. But as they live with these products, they soon realize the experience of disparate smart devices is disappointing. These smart products should work together to create a complete smart-home experience.

Introducing the Control4 CA-1 Automation Controller, a new class of controller engineered to deliver complete automation experiences around comfort, convenience, and peace of mind.

The NEW Control 4 CA-1 Controller

The NEW Control 4 CA-1 Controller

The CA-1 is the foundation that makes smart products work together to deliver rich, orchestrated automation.

A single button press arms the alarm, locks the doors, and turns out the lights
Unlocking the door automatically opens the shades and turns on the lamp
Receive a notification when the kids get home or a delivery arrives
A voice scene adjusts the thermostat and dims the lights
The home looks lived in even when you are away

The CA-1 back panel

The CA-1 back panel

The CA-1 is designed to keep things simple with just the I/O you need for projects that don’t include music or video. This simple approach eliminates cost and complexity, allowing you to attract more customers with an aggressive price. The CA-1 includes:

Single-core 1 GHz ARM processor
Ethernet and WiFi (N/G/B, 2.4 GHz)
ZigBee and optional Z-Wave support
External WiFi and ZigBee antennas for rock-solid wireless connectivity
Serial (RS-232) for control
PoE or DC power options
Compact design to be discreetly placed on a shelf or mounted on the wall.

This is brand new and we will post more details as they come available!

Luxury Living in Lafayette, CA

Back in October 2017 I blogged about the beginning of a new project we are all very excited about. It was not much of a POST , just a ground breaking photo and an artists rendering of the future finished multi unit development.

Here we are in January 2018 doing some interesting things as the building begins to take shape. One of our tasks is the conduit to run infrastructure wire for all the units through. Think about looking up in a parking garage and seeing all the pipes hung from the ceiling. Some of those hold wire.

This is called a WOOD KNOCKER!

This is called a WOOD KNOCKER!

It, in the fullness of time, becomes the anchor to hang our conduit from.  It is punched down into the plywood form and concrete is poured.

Form with Wood Knockers prior to concrete pour.

Form with Wood Knockers prior to concrete pour.

Here are some of ours. Other contractors using Wood Knockers use different colors so we can tell who is who for future installation use.

Here you can see the large concrete footing.

Here you can see the large concrete footings and a bunch of Wood Knockers in different colors.

Once the concrete is poured, the plywood form is removed and we all have our color coded hangers to secure our conduit to.

This part of the job is BIG and a bit difficult to explain.  I’ll post more pictures post concrete pour.

Clients in Danville have taken on a major remodel and brought us in to do all things low voltage. New security, home networking infrastructure, and all new distributed audio and video.

We will be adding Napco security, B&W speakers as well as Episode outdoor sound.  All controled by Control4 home automation!

Here are a few pictures of where we begin….tear out.

The old closet full of electronics-Tear it out!

The old closet full of electronics-Tear it out!

The old security system, a bit of a rats nest! Tear it out!

The old security system, a bit of a rats nest! Tear it out!

Yikes!!! Tear it out!

Yikes!!! Tear it out!

The "Electronic Coffee Table will go. Replaced by one remote or the phone app.

The “Electronic Coffee Table” will go. Replaced by one remote or the phone app.

We will post more as the project move forward!  It is going to be a great improvement for our clients!!

How did we end 2017?  How about installing  the “Rare as hens teeth” 100 inch Sony flat panel !  One fantastic client wanted one when we started their long term project and we could not get one due to back orders.  They settled for the 85 inch. By the time we were nearing the end of the project we were able to obtain the unit and he was all about getting it hung!! Off we went and it got it done for the Holidays! It is breath taking.

Here are a couple of pictures!


SONY-100-INCH-FLAT-PANEL-WE100 inches of High Def, 4k beauty!

Anyone out there want one?


Control 4 & Napster

On Monday, February 5, 2018, Napster will stop working on Control4 systems unless the following have occurred:

  1. The system is running OS 2.9.1 or later
  2. The latest Napster driver (v79) has been installed
  3. The Napster patch has been applied

New Napster driver:

Since Control4 introduced Rhapsody (now Napster) in 2008, Rhapsody/Napster has continued to evolve their Application Programming Interface (API) to improve service stability, introduce new features, and deliver new security capabilities for their streaming music service. Over the years, Control4 has updated its Rhapsody/Napster drivers to utilize new elements of the API, but on February 5, 2018, Napster will deprecate some legacy elements in the API that will cause Napster to stop working on Control4 systems that utilize the legacy Napster driver and the Rhapserver process.

Control4 has now released an updated version of the Napster driver (v79) that no longer requires the legacy Napster API or the Rhapserver process, but the new driver requires OS 2.9.1 (or later) and an additional software patch. Over the next two months, please update customer systems to ensure that Napster continues to work for them.

Call us for any required assistance!!!


Need to Knows

Paradigm Integration is a privately held corporation established in 1990.

We are a California state licensed Contractor carrying a C-7, C-10 and a Do4 license. We also carry an ACO license. For your protection We maintain a 5 million dollar Liability policy.

Ca state contractor's license # 636358
Alarm company operator license # 3586

Documentation available upon request.

About Paradigm Integration

About Paradigm Integration

Paradigm is a true full service Home Electronics Integrator.

We are a licensed and bonded California Contractor putting a strong emphasis on client service.

Our long list of services and vast experience teamed with a dedication to strong personal service makes us a GREAT one-stop-shop for your home electronic needs.

From your Central Vacuum system to your High End Distributed Audio we are your experts!

We offer our services to both residential and commercial clients.

So next time you need Security / Surveillance / Monitoring, Home Theater, Distributed Audio / Video, Lighting Control, Complete Home Automation, Central Vacuum or Wiring Infrastructure think Paradigm. Evolving your Electronic Environment.