Buy a cheap home computer off scumtree and run it off that.
Mine works really well, it's the same Saris H3 as @rockmoose.It seriously pisses me off that there’s no corded options to connect to smart trainers. They’re not really all that convenient to move around, and Bluetooth dropouts are a pretty recurrent theme (I’ve had it happen too) - so why not just offer a USB cable option for those that want to setup a formal “pain-cave”?
I have a Wahoo Kickr, and generally get the opposite. Normal Bluetooth drops out after riding for a bit, or loses that cadence sensor and just guesstimates from the trainer. An Ant+ dongle got everything sorted, but then the dongle died so it’s back to five minutes of cadence and then just powermeter and resistance via the trainer. It’s a PITA…Mine works really well, it's the same Saris H3 as @rockmoose.
I've never had a dropout using the Bluetooth dongle but every time I start zwift, it connects everything through the ANT+ dongle and its shit. It's actually unridable using ANT+.
I have to click on the pairing screen and select bluetooth for everything apart from the HRM, not really a big deal.
Yeah definitely agree the hard wired option would save any of this nonsense.
We can do a swap and try but it doesn't work for me alone, I only use it for the HRM.I hadn't thought of the possibility that the dongle was a dud..........
Do you want to give it a test run on your setup? Then we can also test the other one.
If it is a dud, I vote number 1 gets it for Christmas.
To be clear, not all ANT+ signals are created the same. Some meters, some trainers and some head units are near flawless. It’s just my experience that Bluetooth is generally better at keeping a steady power signal.
So what to do?
My advice is simple: use Bluetooth any time you’re riding indoors. When considering buying a new gadget, go for something with ANT+ and Bluetooth. You won’t regret having options.
MORE CAUSES OF ANT+ DROPOUTS
OTHER COMPUTER PROGRAMS
Only one program on your computer can “own” your ANT+ dongle at any given time, so make sure you aren’t running any programs that use ANT+ dongles. The most common culprit here is Garmin’s software, “Garmin Express”.
USB PORT SETTINGS
The vast majority of USB ports will work just fine for your ANT+ dongle, but there are potential issues here:
- Power saving: especially prevalent on laptops, this turns off or reduces power to your USB ports and can cause problems.
- USB version: make sure your ports are version 2.0 or higher, as USB version 1 will not work with Zwift. If possible use a USB 3.0 port.
- Adequate power: some computers only send 100mA of current to certain USB ports, and you need at least 500mA. Purchasing a powered USB hub or switching to a higher-powered port on the computer can fix this. I use and recommend this Sabrent 4-port hub, but any powered USB hub will do!
After much hunting, found my tablet has bluetooth 5.0, so that should not be a problem at all.Interesting, it might be my dongles are not powerful enough
EDIT: More info.
JeebuzWell...... 3hr 16min, just coming out of my speedtuck down Alpe de Zwift. Just had to switch onto the mtb, and cruise back into town to collect my Four Horsemen badge, and the sweet sweet 1960xp............
That is the only setup that should be used. Sarah from Everything Is Photogenic has discussed it on a number of occasions, that zwift is shooting itself in the foot trying to make such a heavy program run on so many platforms.I used to get a few dropouts years ago when using a laptop and an ANT+ dongle. I've since changed to an Apple TV 4K setup... no dropouts...runs like a dream.
Well, I don't know why more don't use this setup...it's by far the cheapest setup. The Apple remote is a PITA but still workable.That is the only setup that should be used. Sarah from Everything Is Photogenic has discussed it on a number of occasions, that zwift is shooting itself in the foot trying to make such a heavy program run on so many platforms.
One day I'd like to have a setup like that in my loungeroom, next to my bouldering wall. But that's where my tractor lives at the moment.
Haven't received my confirmation email yet, which is weird.@rockmoose you in ?