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Bluetooth Smart Connectivity

Bluetooth Smart (4.0) is a wireless communication protocol that devices such as heart rate straps or speed/cadence sensors use to communicate with TrainerRoad. The devices you connect to TrainerRoad must be either Bluetooth Smart or ANT+.

* When running TrainerRoad on our Air application Bluetooth Smart is only able to pair to one power meter at a time, including smart trainers. If you would like to pair a smart trainer and a power meter, you must use ANT+

Using Bluetooth Smart with the TrainerRoad iOS App

 

TrainerRoad is compatible with any iPhone or iPad that has Bluetooth 4.0 built in.

iPhones with BT 4.0: 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, and X

iPads with BT 4.0: Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini (Retina)

Most Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps, speed/cadence sensors, and power meters are supported by TrainerRoad. Here are some of the most popular Bluetooth Smart devices we support:

 

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Using Bluetooth Smart with the TrainerRoad Android App

 TrainerRoad works with phones and tablets running Android 5 Lollipop and higher.

 

Most Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps, speed/cadence sensors, and power meters are supported by TrainerRoad. Here are some of the most popular Bluetooth Smart devices we support:

 

Don't have the TrainerRoad Android app?

Download it today from the Google Play Store to start training.

 

Using Bluetooth Smart with TrainerRoad Desktop

 

Most Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps, speed/cadence sensors, and power meters are supported by TrainerRoad. Here are some of the most popular Bluetooth Smart devices we support:

Other Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors should also work with TrainerRoad. Any other Bluetooth Smart heart rate, speed/cadence, or power meter supported by the Wahoo SDK.

 


 

Supported Operating Systems and Required Hardware

Bluetooth Smart devices require a computer that has Bluetooth 4.0.

 

Mac OSX 10.8 or Higher

Bluetooth 4.0 is native in the newer Macbook Air (mid 2011), Mac Mini (late 2011), Macbook Pro (mid 2012), and iMac (early 2013).

 

Mac OSX 10.7 or Older - No Native BT 4.0.

The IOGEAR or ORICO dongles can work for Macs that don't come with native BT 4.0. Unfortunately, those dongles don't seem to work consistently with older Macs — especially if the user is running Mavericks.

This is not a recommended approach, but if you have the dongles you can give it a try.

 

Windows 8 and Above

Bluetooth Smart on TrainerRoad on Windows requires a special BLED112 USB dongle which are available from Mouser and Digi-Key. They both ship worldwide.

Even if your computer has native Bluetooth 4.0 or you have another Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle, you'll still need the BLED112. The good news is that it is about half the price of an ANT+ USB dongle.

We use the Bluegiga BLED112 dongle to offer Bluetooth Smart on all versions of Windows. Windows 8 has some decent support for Bluetooth Smart but if we would have implemented our solution using Windows drivers for Bluetooth dongles, this would have only worked on Windows 8.

Steps:

  1. Get the Bluegiga BLED112 dongle from Mouser or Digi-Key.
  2. Install the drivers and latest TrainerRoad.exe from here.
  3. Upgrade the firmware on the dongle. Learn how.


 

Troubleshooting

Need more help? Check out the Bluetooth Smart Troubleshooting article.

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