So I’m trying to get back into a cycling routine. I am coming from an older computrainer that has given up the ghost after about 12 years. I picked up a wahoo kickr core and love how easily it started working with zwift on my iphone. Everything is perfect.
I have a decent gaming computer that I built (nVidia 1060 graphics card) and would like to use for zwift. One problem, the computer is in my living room, and bike set up almost directly below it in the basement. I’ve got a long HDMI cable run from the computer through the floor to my basement TV and my wireless mouse has enough range to control things. I purchased a long “active” extension usb cable and planned on plugging a bluetooth or ant+ dongle into it so it was closer to the bike and my other sensors (HR, cadence) but it has been no bueno. It doesn’t seem to matter what dongle I plug in, but I’m not getting a solid connection. I’ll lose the connection and it will not refind it. It is not the kickr because when I pair it with my iphone, Zwift runs absolutely perfectly. The bluetooth dongle is working because I have been pairing my airpods with it to watch TV/netflix while riding and controlling zwift with the phone, so it seems the extension cable is the weak link. So two questions:
Will a bluetooth or ant+ dongle give me better range. If I could run a tape measure from dongle to kickr we are talking 10ish linear feet, through a hardwood floor on joists to an unfinished basement.
Is there a better option to get the dongle closer? If I went with a powered usb hub would it be smarter to put the powered hub closer or further from the computer (between the PC and extension cable, or at the end of the extension cable)?