Recommended ANT+ Sticks (Dongles) for Zwift

Recommended ANT+ Sticks (Dongles) for Zwift

Zwift connects wirelessly to your devices (smart trainer, HR monitor, cadence sensor, etc) via ANT+ or Bluetooth. While iOS, AppleTV, and Android users use Bluetooth, ANT+ is the most common method among Windows PC users.

ANT+ USB sticks (sometimes called “dongles”) plug into your computer, allowing it to talk to your devices. Here are the top two we use and recommend:

Suunto Movestick Mini

~$30

A premium solution from a reputable fitness company, the Suunto is priced below the overpriced Garmin but above the bargain Anself.

Anself USB ANT+ Stick

~$13

Works just as well as other dongles, for a fraction of the price. Ships with no documentation, but all you do is plug it in anyway!

Note: Garmin’s ANT+ dongle is also reliable and reputable. Problem is, it costs $40 with no measurable improvement over the more affordable dongles above.

While you’re at it, get a USB extension cable. They’re cheap, and allow you to move your ANT+ stick as close to your trainer for the strongest possible signal. The AmazonBasics cables work well and only cost ~$7. If your cable needs to be more than 3 meters long, get an active USB extension cable.

Getting Dropouts?

Problems getting your ANT+ stick to work properly with Zwift? Check out the “ANT+ Dropout Troubleshooting” post.

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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[…] wollte diese Mal auch ganz bewusst keinen chinesischen Billiganbieter auswählen, obwohl Zwift selbst den Anself USB ANT+ Stick empfiehlt neben dem Suunto Movestick Mini. Anself ANT+ USB Stick Adapter für Garmin Forerunner 310XT 405 […]

Matthew Tye
Matthew Tye
6 months ago

Hi Eric, hope your keeping safe. Is it possible to connect a basic level elite turbo trainer (not smart) to swift by adding sensors
Thanks for your help

Eddie Humphreys
Eddie Humphreys
6 months ago

Hi Eric, I’m a Zwift newbie and a technopobe!! I have a problem i’m not sure how to solve. I’m using a basic (non smart) trainer paired with a PM. I have Zwift downloaded on my phone and am going to tether it to a monitor. My problem is that my PM is ANt+. Is there any way of pairing it or is it a case of having to buy a computer which will then take an Ant+ stick. I’m presuming the monitor will not receive Ant+ even if you plug a dongle in? Many Thanks

Eddie Humphreys
Eddie Humphreys
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks buddy, great stuff 🙂

Nezih Çetinsöz
Nezih Çetinsöz
5 months ago

Hello,I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I’m planning to connect an interactive trainer (elite rampa to be precise) with an old Mac Pro via an Ant+ stick, will Zwift automatically control trainer difficulty or should I pick ant+ stick specifically. If so which feature should I look for ? Thanks 🙂

Mary
Mary
2 months ago

Hi Eric, I would like to use Zwift but I don’t know much about technology! I have a non smart trainer. I have garmin sensors for cadence, heart rate and speed. I already download Zwift on my phone but i dont know how to pair the sensors. What else do i need to start in zwift?

Richard Windemer
Richard Windemer
27 days ago

Does anyone have experience of an Ant+ dongle with a 12” MacBook that does not have a USB port. I have a conversion cable to connect to USB and a Hootoo. I use the former to download routes from Garmin Connect to Garmin 1030.
Not sure if this would be USB 1 or 2 standard.
Any help appreciated

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