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Zwift + smart trainer (Flux), do I need a ANT+ dongle or bluetooth works?

Old 01-24-17, 12:25 PM
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Zwift + smart trainer (Flux), do I need a ANT+ dongle or bluetooth works?

Trying to get a better idea

My laptop PC has bluetooth built-in. If I am using Tacx Flux with Zwift, do I still need to an ANT+ dongle? Or the smart trainer can communicate with the laptop via bluetooth?

Would my iPhone (bluetooth) and Garmin Fenix 3 (ANT+) continue to receive reading from the smart trainer?
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Old 01-24-17, 02:49 PM
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I can't speak for the Tacx Flux, but the Wahoo SNAP supports an ANT+ FE-C trainer, an ANT+ power meter, and a Bluetooth Smart Trainer Control interface.

I've only been able to connect one device/app to the Bluetooth trainer interface, though have had no problems simultaneously monitoring the ANT+ power monitor interface on one or more ANT+ devices.

Normally I use Zwift with ANT+ FE-C controlling the SNAP and ANT+ power monitoring a Powertab hub for power/cadence. Zwift workout mode doesn't let me use Erg mode with my split control/power setup though, and without changing those settings I've successfully controlled the SNAP resistance via the Wahoo iPhone app over Bluetooth.
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I tested the BT connection.

So the Flux unit can only connect to one BT device at a time. In order for the laptop PC to pick up the BT signal from Flux, I had to disconnect my iPhone from the Flux trainer, and then my laptop can find the trainer. Zwift works despite a little slow for the numbers on screen to response to effort. Nonetheless, laptop with wifi can be made to work with Flux without ANT+ dongle.

And my Garmin Fenix 3 with ANT+ connection to speed/cadence/power sensor works the whole time with no problem.
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from what I've read, only the wahoo products change resistance over BTE.
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All Bluetooth-devices can only pair to only one other device.

The resistance on the Flux can be altered by the computer (ERG-mode) via bluetooth.

I personally would recommend getting an ANT+ dongle. Such that you can connect to multiple devices.
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from what I've read, only the wahoo products change resistance over BTE.

Tacx Flux can do it, when it was working ... LOL
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I have not tried connecting through blue tooth but I have heard about it. You can check out the zwift manual and there you will find solutions.
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