I use Zwift with Kickr Core connected to my thinkpad scince start of the month now and it works very well.
No issues with connection (I use the integrated bluetooth of the thinkpad) and companion app on Samsung S8 works well, too.
Great fun and collecting lots of km’s
A friend of mine bought a Kickr Core too but he’s not so lucky.
We tried to get his setup running scince last week and having lots of issues.
His Acer notebook does not have integrated bluetooth.
We changed setting in Zwift Windows App to connect the Kickr via Companion App but no device is found.
Companion App is running on a Samsung A60.
It recognizes that the game is running and changes to the map screen.
But it wont connect the trainer.
Companion App has got all permissions and is connected to same Wifi as Notebook.
Wifi, Bluetooth and Location is activated on Phone.
Wahoo Fitness App is running on the same phone and connecting to Kickr without issues.
We made sure that Wahoo App is not running when starting Zwift Companion.
Also we bought a ANT+ USB dongle for the notebook (from Amazon called CYCPLUS).
The dongle comes with a 3 meter USB extension cable.
Notebook is standing on a desk in front of his bike / right above the front wheel.
Without extension cable no device found in Zwift.
With extension cable and dongle right next to the Kickr we get a connection.
But the power reading is very choppy.
Power ist only updated every 5 to 10 seconds.
Riding is a pain this way and ERG mode is not working with so few power updates.
Spindown in Zwift fails because auf the power dropouts.
We tried different positions of the dongle around the kickr.
The fan is far away in front of the bike and not running.
We put all phones in another room and no bluetooth devices in use in the room.
W still cant get a constant power reading.
Should we try a different ANT+ dongle?
Can you recommend a good one and maybe a better USB extension cable?
Zwift is running fine on his Samsung phone with the Kickr, btw.
Its just not a good experience with the small phone screen.
It would be great to get it running on his notebook.
Thanks for you help!
Ride one, Thomas.