Wahoo KICKR Direct Connect Update [March 2022]

That’s great news! Thanks @shooj @Wes
It took a while, but finally it’s there! :smiley:

Wow, this is great AND bad News! Good news is that it’s now supported, bad news is I have to buy a new KickrV5 + DIRCON … Or wait for KickrBike2 with integrated DIRCON? … :thinking: :wink:

Mine first ended up in some kind of wtf state where I was able to ping it but it didn’t show up anywhere (including on RGT on a PC with a wired connection where I had used it before). After a series of turning things on/off and un/plugging cables (and a Kickr firmware update since one happened to be pending), I’m happy to report that

(Now just waiting for PC support to actually start using this…)

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Is this freeing up a Bluetooth connection on AppleTV?

What is the advantage of a direct connection! I think the cable would nerve me?

Dropouts are a Bluetooth/ANT+ problem, wlan in itself is already much more robust (thanks to higher transmitter power and what else).

The Kickr already has one cable going to it from the power supply (detaches much more easily btw) so adding one more is hardly a big deal.

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Yes, but my power cable goes away in the back of my bike! The network cable instead goes in front to my bike to the MacBook on the desk. This would nerve me extremely.

The good news is you don’t have to use it you can still use Bluetooth or ANT+.

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Just to be clear, you don’t connect the cable to the computer but rather to an ethernet switch/router. Also, an ethernet cable can be plenty long so you can run it all the way around the room if needed. There’s also the dongle-o-rama option of plugging a wlan adapter to the direct connect…

But of course if you don’t have any problems with your current setup, by all means just keep using that.

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Ha ha very good, you almost had me believing that you had actually released direct connect support but the jokes on you - April fools is tomorrow.

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Can’t get it to work:

  • Kickr Firmware: 4.2.8
  • Zwift Version:1.23.3
  • I can ping it on Network
  • Connected to a Router
  • Wahoo App says is can be found.
  • PC has Bluetooth

Turned on and off things several times. Also tried to turn off firewall completely and set a port forwarding on router.

On Zwift: nothing

Any suggestions?

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Did you by any chance miss the part where it says it hasn’t been released for PC yet…?

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Yes I missed that as on zwiftinsider I saw how to set firewall settings on PC.
Thank you for your answer.

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Oh, good. Yeah, the firewall prompt has been there for months already, let’s hope the actual thing isn’t too far away either.

Since no one else answered you directly (and I was pretty ignorant about the implications of the DIRCON until now)… Yes, according to what GPLama states starting at around the 2:00 mark in today’s video, this seems to free up the ATV bluetooth connection(s) usually used for power, controllable and cadence.

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Thanks for that info!

Ha, about that.

Be good to get some idea of when it’s available on Windows.

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Hey all - Zwift game version 1.24 has just released and it supports Windows and Android.

Please migrate discussion to the new thread, thanks!

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