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ANT+ Connectivity

ANT+ is a communication protocol that allows certain wireless devices to transmit information to and from one another. Simply put, it's the "language" that ANT+ devices use to communicate with each other. Many of your favorite cycling and fitness devices use this protocol and TrainerRoad supports these devices with an ANT+ key or dongle.

Check to see if your cycling device supports ANT+ with the official device directory.

Using ANT+ with iOS

To connect your ANT+ devices with the TrainerRoad iOS app you will need a Wahoo-made ANT+ key and an Apple-made 30-Pin to Lightning adapter (depending on your iOS device).

 

iOS Devices with Lightning
(iPhone 5, 5c, 6 & 6 Plus and iPad Mini, Air & Air 2)

Requires Wahoo ANT+ key and an Apple 30-Pin to Lightning adapter

 

 

iOS Devices with 30-Pin
(iPhone 4 & 4s and iPad 2nd Generation)

Requires Wahoo ANT+ key or Wahoo ANT+ Bike Case

 

 


 

Wahoo ANT+ Key
Small adapter to connect your ANT+ devices to your compatible iOS device through the 30-pin connector. The older white models of the Wahoo ANT+ Keys are not supported.

Note: Garmin ANT+ keys are not supported. To our knowledge, this is the most affordable option for the Wahoo ANT+ Key. 

 

Wahoo ANT+ Bike Case
Allows you to mount your 30-pin iPhone 4S/4 on your bike's handlebars or stem. This will not work with iPhone 5 or newer.

 

 

Apple Short Lightning Adapter
Short format Lightning to 30-pin adapter supports analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging.

Note: Lightning Adapters not made by Apple are not supported.

Apple Long Lightning Adapter
This longer adapter lets you connect 30-pin devices that need more room to plug in.

Note: Lightning Adapters not made by Apple are not supported.

 


Using ANT+ with Android

Does My Android Device Work with ANT+?

To find out more about your specific device's ANT+ compatibility, and more about the ANT+ communication protocol, check out ANT+'s page, ANT+ In Phones and Tablets.

Note: This is not a complete list of Android devices that support ANT+. If your device is NOT listed, it doesn't necessarily mean it does not support ANT+. If you have further questions as to whether your device will work with ANT+, please contact our Support Team.

Note: Given the various ways phone manufacturers implement ANT+, some devices may have stronger ANT+ signals than others. If you’re having difficulty using a native ANT+ device, you may need an adapter to train normally.

Some Android devices are ANT+ compatible on their own, but you may need to install something called "ANT plugins" before you're ready to ride. 

ANT Plugins Required for Devices with Built-In ANT+:

Users can install these plugins directly through the TrainerRoad application by tapping the question mark and following the prompts for download.


Other devices may require an ANT+ dongle. Fortunately, some of these devices work with existing ANT+ USB dongles from your computer and an additional USB-C or phone-specific USB adapter. 

ANT Plugins Required for Devices without Built-In ANT+ (Requires ANT+USB Stick):

Users can install these plugins directly through the TrainerRoad application by tapping the question mark and following the prompts for download.


 

If your Android device does not have built-in ANT+:

You will need an adapter (USBc-to-USB OR Micro USB-to-USB) that will allow you to plug your ANT+ USB dongle into your Android phone or tablet. 

TrainerRoad Recommends:

USBc-to-USB Adapter 

Micro USB-to-USB Adapter

Make sure you check to see if your Android devices uses a USBc or Micro USB port before purchasing one of the above adapters. 


In addition to the USB adapter, you will need the actual ANT+ USB stick that will turn your Android device into an ANT+-receivable unit. 

TrainerRoad Recommends:

 

Mini Garmin ANT+ Stick
A great ANT+ USB stick option — and it's small enough to stay plugged in when you aren't training.

Suunto Movestick Mini
The Suunto Movestick Mini is another great option that's also small enough to stay plugged in.

 

 

Live in Australia?
Aussie users will need to pick up an ANT+ stick from an Australian vendor or a local bike shop instead of the Amazon links above.


 

Problems Connecting Your Devices?

Visit our troubleshooting article for help getting your devices connected so you can start training!

 

Using ANT+ with Desktop

To connect your ANT+ devices with the TrainerRoad Desktop app you will need an ANT+ dongle.

 

 

USB1 and USB2
There are two kinds of ANT+ USB dongles to choose from: USB 1.0 and USB 2.0. USB 1.0 can connect up to 4 devices at a time, while USB 2.0 can handle up to 8. Most newer dongles will be 2.0 since 1.0 is no longer in production.

USB 1.0 dongles will only work with the Legacy (Adobe AIR) application. You will need still a USB 2.0 dongle if you're going to use Wahoo KICKR with the Legacy app. If you are unsure which you have, check the info on the back of the stick.

Please note, you will need a USB 2.0 dongle in order to use any ANT+ device on the new Windows, Android, or Mac applications.

Check out this article for more information on the difference between USB1 and USB2 sticks.


TrainerRoad Recommends:

 

Mini Garmin ANT+ Stick
A great ANT+ USB stick option — and it's small enough to stay plugged in when you aren't training.

Suunto Movestick Mini
The Suunto Movestick Mini is another great option that's also small enough to stay plugged in.

Docooler ANT+ Stick
A good, more affordable option for an ANT+ USB dongle.

 

Live in Australia?
Aussie users will need to pick up an ANT+ stick from an Australian vendor or a local bike shop instead of the Amazon links above.


 

Problems Connecting Your Devices?

Visit our troubleshooting article for help getting your devices connected so you can start training!

Have more questions? Submit a request

Comments

  • Avatar
    Frederick Holt

    What about having the head unit read the ant+ sensors and then TrainerRoad on iOS receiving this data from the head unit using BLE? I'm thinking something like Garmin Speed and Cadence sensor (ANT+) -> Garmin 510 (ANT+ and BLE) -> TrainerRoad iOS (BLE)? Is this a limitation of the head unit or something that can be worked on inside of the TR iOS app?

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    Alex Kizis

    @Frederick,

    That's a great question! Unfortunately, using the 510 as a bridging device isn't possible. This is a limitation of the head unit.

    Sorry I don't have better news for you.

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    Eric Norris

    I have a Suunto movestick mini. It says not to plug it in until I download, install, and activate Moveslink. If that is accurate, which device from their lists do i choose to install the software?

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    Alex Kizis

    @Eric Norris,

    Those instructions don't apply to getting the ANT stick to work with TrainerRoad. :) You'll need to go through that process if you plan to use Suunto's Moveslink feature to connect a Suunto device (e.g. Suunto watch) to a Suunto Movescount.

    You can just plug the ANT stick in and get started if you only plan to use it to connect your ANT+ devices (e.g. speed/cadence sensor, ANT+ power meter, ANT+ heart-rate monitor) with TrainerRoad.

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    Baird Craft

    I upgraded to Yosemite and now I am getting a "ANT 2 USB required for Wahoo..." error. My ANT is getting good readings from my heart rate monitor and speed and cadence censor, but I can't connect my Kickr.

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    Jeremy Gerrits

    Is using Wahoo's RFLKT(+) a future possibility?

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    Alex Kizis

    @Baird Craft,
    You're seeing that message because your ANT+ stick is likely a USB 1 version. You can tell if it is USB 1 by the white plastic inside the portion of the dongle that plugs into your computer. Also, it should say (in very small print) on the back of the stick "USB 1".

    @Jeremy,
    There's no way to use the RFLKT(+) as a bridging device at the moment, but we're looking into the best device-bridging options.

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    Takura Yanagi

    Currently using several iOS devices (iPad, iPod touch etc) via short lightning adapter and black Wahoo ANT+ key. Sometimes I am loosing connection to all ANT+ sensors during my ride, noticed this especially on rides longer than 1 hr. Dis- and reconnecting the ANT+ key seems to repair the connection for a while. Any others out there with same problem?

    I also have RFLKT+ and Viiiiva as bridges which may or may not be more reliable; too bad that neither is supported.

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    Mick McMahon

    I have an iPhone 6 and Garmin devices. Is the above saying that I can't connect the devices through my iPhone? What does "Garmin ANT+ keys are not supported" mean? Can I connect my Garmin Speed/Cadence sensor to my iPhone using the Wahoo ANT key?

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    Alex Kizis

    @Takura,

    Hmm, I haven't heard of this happening. :( Would you mind submitting a support ticket to support@trainerroad.com so our agents can dig a bit deeper into this?

    @Mick,

    What we mean by "Garmin ANT+ keys are not supported" is that the iOS-specific ANT+ dongle (or "key") that Garmin sells won't work with the TrainerRoad application. That isn't to say that Garmin-manufactured devices (e.g. speed/cadence sensor, HR monitor) will not work with the iOS app. They will pair just fine with the Wahoo ANT+ key.

    The reason why we can't use the Garmin ANT+ key is because it will only work with the Garmin iOS app. On the other hand, Wahoo's latest iOS ANT+ dongle is "universally" compatible with iOS applications.

    Does this make sense? :)

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    Mick McMahon

    Cheers Alex :)

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    Neill Clark

    I wish this was a bit clearer on your Equipment Checker page - I've just wasted money buying & connecting up a Garmin ANT+ key. Can't afford to now go out & buy a Wahoo one so my subscription is being wasted (unless there is another way to use the data from an Edge 800/HRM/GSC10?).

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    Alex Kizis

    Hey Neill,

    Sorry about this. :( Would you mind emailing me at alex@trainerroad.com?

    Thanks!

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    Dale Witty

    I had the same problem as Neil where I misunderstood your instructions and purchased the Garmin dongle for my iPad mini. I returned it and bought the wahoo dongle but it still didn't work . Then I discovered the 30 pin to lightening adapter I bought through Amazon was a fake so I had to buy another one. Now I can finally pair my Garmin speed/cadence sensors but the trainer road app shuts itself off for no reason without warning. Very frustrating. Is there a software fix for the iPad mini app? I'll send these comments by email as well.

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    Neill Clark

    Hi again. Have now got the Wahoo ANT+ key & everything is working well however, I have a question that I can't seem to find the answer to: Does the app/Wahoo ket enable the virtual power to be transmitted to my Garmin unit? Friends who use their laptops with USB ANT+ sticks seem to get this but my Garmin simply doesn't find/recognise anything.

    Will email too.

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    Israel Arroyo

    im Just ordered my 30 pin adapter and wahoo ANT+ Sensor but now i got this question on my mind, Its works with Ipad aIr 2?

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    Krešo Sopina

    Hi,

    what will happen with iPhone 4s support when new IOS9 will be released? Will application still be updated regularly if it runs on 4s?
    I am thinking of buying cheapest version to be mobile with my trainer, and was planned to maybe get iPhone 4s as cheapest supported Apple phone, but dont want to be on wrong path if support will be cut off at near point in future (for 4s).

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,
    Kreso

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    Paul Kilroy

    What about the 4iiii Viiiiva as an Ant+ to BLE bridge for the new MacBook air?

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    Ryan McNally

    @Paul,

    Unfortunately we don't support bridging devices quite yet :( We're looking into making this a possibility in the future, but we can't make any promises quite yet.

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    Bradley Temperley

    Mine is a happy story.

    I installed the Garmin USB ANT+ stick (the tiny one) in my laptop running Windows 8.1. Driver installed OK. Garmin Express does not display the stick as a device, but will report if it detects the stick even if it cannot detect the ANT device you are trying to pair. Express found the stick, but not my ANT+ devices.
    I installed Garmin ANT agent, but it didn't even find the stick!

    I took a risk (with 30-day money back) subscribing to TrainerRoad without knowing if it would pair. I shut down Garmin Express and ANT Agent and TR paired immediately with my DuoTrap speed and cadence sensor and Garmin HR strap. The output displayed on my Garmin 500, but I don't know if that was Trainer Relay (under devices) or a second pairing.

    It would be nice if all software responded to hardware consistently. At least TR works with the Garmin USB ANT+ stick, but shut down other Garmin software first.

    To check if Trainer Relay really works, I will configure a bike in my Garmin 500 with a power sensor. If the virtual power reading is displayed on my 500, then it must be coming from TR.

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    Adam Sparrow

    Hi, I have a Wahoo key and the 30 pin adaptor connected to my iphone 5s. My Garmin cadence is registering on the Wahoo utility app, and Wahoo fitness app however when i am on Trainer Road it still wont display my cadence whilst training? Can you help?!

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    Rob Bradford

    Hi Adam,

    Are you using the Apple 30 pin to lightening adapter? If you are not able to get your cadence sensor paired, let's have you wait to insert the ANT+ key until all of the rides have loaded. We do not graph cadence while you ride, but you should be seeing a cadence reading while riding. If you are still having any issues with this would you mind sending us an email to support@trainerroad.com

    Thanks!

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    shaun gilbert

    I am using a Suunto Movestick and and pairing my SRM which is picking up power and cadence but I cant pair me HR monitor. It is the HR monitor that comes with the SRM and it is picking up on the PC7 but not my computer. Any suggestions?

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    Bob DeWeese

    For what it's worth - I was having the same problem as Shaun. Movestick works fine with my wahoo speed/cadence but would only briefly pair and then immediately drop with my HRM.

    Finally figured out that the range on the HRM/movestick is really short - like 3 ft +/-. I solved this by using a usb extension cable from my PC and hanging it from my handlebars. Now HRM (Wahoo Tickr) works great too. This is clunkier than I would have preferred - but works. My PC is only about 6' away from my riding position - but that is apparently too far for a good signal. Anyone know if the range of the garmin stick is any stronger/better?

    Thanks! Bob

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    RJ Kingston

    I was wondering about using the 4iiii heart rate monitor as a bridging device for my garmin vector power meter?

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    Larry Sussman

    Hi RJ,

    Great question!

    We don't currently support bridging devices with TrainerRoad. We're still looking into ways to implement this, but for now you'll need to pair each device individually. This means you'll need ANT+ connectivity enabled to use the Garmin Vector pedals, and either Bluetooth Smart or the same ANT+ connection for the heart rate monitor. Hope this helps!

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    Gilbert Cadiente

    Hi. I am new to trainer road. can i connect the heart rate monitor of my garmin fenix 3 hr during work put ? because i dont have a strap base hr monitor. tnx

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    Rogério Campos

    Usava um USB1 no windows perfeitamente, agora diz que é necessario o USB2, nao tem como fazer o USB1 funcionar?

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    Rogério Campos

    I used a USB1 in windows perfectly, now says that it is necessary the USB2, there is no way to make the USB1 work?

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