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You may recall last October my post regarding a new project we were breaking ground on.

Can't wait to show you all photos as we get to the finish line!

Can’t wait to show you all photos as we get to the finish line!

The ground is broken on the exciting Northern California project!

The ground is broken on the exciting Northern California project!

We are making progress as you will see from the photos below. As I mentioned, we are doing everything low voltage. This includes the conduit for our wires!!

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Perfect runs for all of the low voltage wire to service the entire building infrastructure.

Perfect runs for all of the low voltage wire to service the entire building infrastructure.

 

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The next step, fill the conduit with wire!!!

 

From The Washington Post:

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking everyone with a home router to do one small thing: Turn your router off and then back on again.

The agency issued a warning on Friday asking home Internet users and small business owners to reboot their routers to ward off a pernicious piece of malware called VPN Filter. The malware infects routers during the first stage of an attack that eventually gives hackers great control over the devices connected to the Internet. The malware has been linked to a group believed to be connected to the Russian military.

[The Cybersecurity 202: The FBI is trying to thwart a massive Russia-linked hacking campaign]

Research from Cisco’s Talos security group, published last week, estimates that 500,000 devices around the world may be affected by the malware, including routers made by major manufacturers such as TP-Link, Netgear and Linksys. While the FBI recently seized a critical part of the network that runs this attack, the agency still recommends that everyone reset their router, regardless of manufacturer, to cast a wider net.

Simply unplugging your router may not seem as if it could do much for your security. But resetting the router sets this complicated malware back to Stage One, said Ashley Stephenson of Corero Network Security. In its first stage, VPN Filter establishes a presence in a router, but it needs to talk to another part of the network to download the second stage of the attack.

[U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of CIA hacking tools]

Now that the FBI has control over part of the network, routers trying to enter that second stage will send information to the agency instead of hackers, Stephenson said.

Simply hitting the power button without updating their router would leave users at risk, software experts warned. As a next step, they should download the latest firmware for their devices and change their password to further guard themselves against infection.

Routers are often neglected — even forgotten — pieces of technology in our homes. After they’ve been set up, they are rarely given a second thought. But they have increasingly become a focal point for hackers looking to build massive networks of computers to control.

[How spies can use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and texts too]

Several companies, such as Google, Eero and security firms Norton and F-Secure, are trying to make routers and their security easier to understand. Most people, however, simply stick with the router issued by their Internet service provider or one that they can find cheaply for $25 or $30 online, experts said.

Poor router security comes from a combination of factors, said Ben Herzberg, threat director at the security firm Imperva. Many people don’t know how to access their router settings or how to check for software updates, he said. And some manufacturers are slow to push security updates, he said, out of negligence or because their devices are so old that they can’t easily be updated over the Internet.

Herzberg recommended that anyone with a router that’s at least 15 years old replace it with a newer device and that they regularly check for updates to guard against potential new attacks. And while regularly rebooting your router isn’t always a necessary part of good security hygiene, he thinks it’s good advice to follow this time — considering the source.

“If the FBI says to reset your router, I would reset my router,” he said.

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!!

This stunning new build custom home is now done!  All that is missing is a bit of furniture !

This large home is controlled by Control 4. We supplied security , surveillance, audio and video distributed through out the residence as well as outdoor sound!

Here is the rack full of Control 4, Luma surveillance DVR, WattBox power conditioning, Comcast boxes and the Crown amp for outdoors. All neatly out of the way.

Here is the rack full of Control 4, Luma surveillance DVR, WattBox power conditioning, Comcast boxes and the Crown amp for outdoors. All neatly out of the way.

Now to the beauty shots!

The living room centers on this stunning slab on stone around the fireplace. What can't be seen are the B&W speakers!

The living room centers on this stunning slab of stone around the fireplace. What can’t be seen are the B&W speakers!

Here is the entry foyer also powered by B&W in ceiling speakers.

Here is the entry foyer also powered by B&W in ceiling speakers.

This is one half of the family room. A beautiful 85 inch Sony 4k TV, B&W in-wall and center speakers offer up a GREAT Surround Sound presentation.

This is one half of the family room. A beautiful 85 inch Sony 4k TV, B&W in-wall and center speakers offer up a GREAT Surround Sound presentation.

This is the other half of this spacious family room. Big Sony Flat Panel recessed behind the bar so you don't miss a play while getting your drink!!

This is the other half of this spacious family room. Big Sony Flat Panel recessed behind the bar so you don’t miss a play while getting your drink!!

A chefs kitchen would not be complete without music!!  Supplied by B&W!

A chefs kitchen would not be complete without music!! Supplied by B&W!

The great outdoors!  Enhanced by an outdoor audio system complete with 12 inch buried sub woofer!!! This Episode system rocks!

The great outdoors! Enhanced by an outdoor audio system complete with 12 inch buried sub woofer!!! This Episode system rocks!

This is a truly beautiful home and we wish the owners a “welcome home” !

 

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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.

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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.