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Please add ability to use native BLE on computer to connect Zwift with trainers. Real pain to need a phone bridge.
A USB connection on a trainer would probably be better for indoor trainer software support than Ant+ or Bluetooth. I think the fitness industry shot itself in the foot trying to excusively supporting wireless protocols. But a request for USB would be an idea for companies like Wahoo…
I have said it before, I or anyone shouldn’t have to purchase additional equipment to get “that one app” to work. It would be better to support STANDARD Bluetooth as provided by the OS for the pairing and control rather than settling on a specific dongle. I just what “that one app” to see my computer’s built-in Bluetooth module and use it.
Windows 10 has gotten better with Bluetooth, but I agree Zwift can pick up the lead and work with Microsoft to improve indoor training market.
I can’t get even ant+ to work at all on the pc. I have a dongle that works with my Wahoo kicker fine but not my Garmin vector pedals. Been a real pain. I even have trainer road and nothing.
Cant get ble to work on my android device either.
Only my Garmin 520 sees it.
I haven’t tried a Bluetooth dongle yet. Blue tooth is built in to computer, but zwift or trainer road don’t recognize it either.
I don’t think you get it. Windows does not yet support Bluetooth for fitness equipment. That is why Zwift had to find a workaround to make it possible for people to use Bluetooth trainers by using the companion app.
Do you really thing they would have spend all the effort to get the companion app to be a relay if they could just use the native Bluetooth?
I had thought so originally and had to remove the battery a couple of times to even get it to connect to Garmin connect app. I just bought them so the battery “issue” is supposedly fix. I will try the companion app. Thanks!
I was just trying to compare wattage from my wahoo kicker to my pedals so that when I am on the road I can gauge my efforts more efficiently. Other wise I have no need to connect them to anything else but my bike computer.
I get it. Just to put this out there, the virtual cycling app Rouvy works with native Windows 10 Bluetooth. I actually got it working over Bluetooth on my Surface Pro; plus, the Rouvy application was reading power and speed directly from my Wahoo Kicker Snap – no companion phone app required.
SO YES! WINDOWS 10 DOES SUPPORT BLUETOOTH TRAINERS!!! Rouvy has figured it out WITHOUT requiring extra hardware/specific dongle, adaptors or bridges.
My bluetooth bridge only seems to drop at the start of large rides, eg pack rides (100’s) or tour events (1000+).
Its fine on free rides & on the standard races/rides with 40/50/60 riders.
Does anyone else experience this & any suggestions on why?