Hi …Using a Wahoo Kicker smart trainer with blue tooth connection to the pc… All seemed fine however today the signal cut out after ~60 minutes… I re connected once and then did not. Ended the ride and loaded again …The trainer was found ( power source) along with my heart rate monitor and cadence sensor but the ontrolable portion of the trainer never connected . I have a strong blue tooth signal from the trainer ? Any thoughts? Thank you
Probably some type of BT interference. If using Windows PC, Ant+ is much more reliable for most people. I have had miserable experiences with BT for Windows and avoid. Android and iOS are usually no problem.
Hi Thank you …It is a windows pc … I confess that I am a tech idiot …Can i ask you to expand on Ant+ and how i might utilize it with the Wahoo kicker smart trainer and the Zwift app ?
Ant+ is a wireless protocol. Not sure why it was developed but Garmin either developed or has taken it over and now is the de facto standard for wireless connections for sports tech: Trainers, watches, HRM, etc… Reason why Polar is dying…they refuse to do Ant+. BT full compliance is still new to the sports tech even though versions have been around for a long time. A Full compatibility compliance protocol only came about 12-18 months ago but still some proprietary connections out there.
For your PC just get a Ant+ dongle from Amazon. If you have a good bike shop nearby they might have the Garmin version in stock so no waiting. I have two Garmins from several years ago and they still work fine (looks like a Logitech mouse usb connector). Some lesser expensive devices on Amazon than Garmin but I have no experience with them.
Once plugged into your PC, the trainer should pick it up no problem. Connect both the Power Source and Controllable under FE-C Ant+ connection. If your HR monitor puts out Ant+ use that connection. I have a Tickr+ and Garmin HR straps and no problems with either brand. I cannot remember when I last had an Ant+ drop out. I have had internet drops but not Ant+.
Hi thank you
Who knew ? Will the Garmin work with that Wahoo Kicker , HR monitor and cadence sensor as well? So it really is at simple as plug it into the usb port on the pc an away I go ?
Looking on amazon now …There seem to be a variety of options for Garmin ANT+ devices… Can yu be a bit more specific regarding which one i need ? Sorry for the endless questions
Absolutely with Kickr
Depends on what HRM model - just look it up
Depends on what cadence sensor model - just look it up
This is the standard: https://t.ly/2kBA
The other brands I have no experience. I buy two in case one does not work…it is tech after all…if the first one works, you can always send the other back.
Thanks …you are a lifesaver ! Tech and I don’t get along !!
Ordered two …so just plug in the usb port ?
It would also be worth buying a usb extension cable to bring the ANT+ dongle closer to your trainer. Depending on how far your pc is from your set up depends on how long you need.
I have a 3 metre usb extension with the ANT+ dongle looped over the front brake cable.
Yes. Windows will at least give the beep or noise when plugged into the port. Cannot remember if a window pops. I think the driver is built into the dongle. I recently plugged one into a new laptop and by the time I carried the laptop to my bike setup it was ready to go. The H3 appeared in the menu…
Thanks very much
I have seen extension cable requirements posted here…personally I have never had an issue picking up my trainer from laptop from the next room. I think I have even seen the trainer in the garage when I am in the kitchen…20-25 feet and a wall. I know I have seen from the kitchen to the living room.
Thanks …I am going to buy one anyway …Wil return it if not needed …Would rather be safe …Appreciate it
Hi ,My Ant +arrived and i plan to use it tomorrow…Question please…Do i need to somehow " tell " zwift that i wantt o use the Ant+ rather than bluetooth or will it default to that ? Thanks
You will have to pick it in the Settings Pair menu…pick Power Source and Controllable. Choose the FE C option for both.
Not sure how the Kickr broadcasts but my H3 broadcasts the Ant+.
Should be straightforward…at one time you paired the BT.
Thanks …Does the settings menu appear before the pairing