Connecting a Smart Non-Controllable Trainer or Power Meter (ANT+)


On September 28th, we launched an entire new app.  We recommend you update to the SYSTM app before November 15th.  At that time, the SUF app will cease to function.  For more details see   Moving from SUF to SYSTM: Everything you need to know.

This article will provide instructions for connecting a Smart Non-Interactive Trainer to the app. This trainer cannot be controlled by the app but will report power and other data.  This setup is the same as setting up a Power Meter. If you are unsure what kind of trainer you have, or how to connect, please refer to our Trainer Compatibility Helper to find out how to connect your trainer.

Please note that ANT+ connections will require the use of an ANT+ dongle on Mac and Windows.  An ANT+ bridging device will be required for iOS.  Please see this article to learn more about ANT+ connections.  


In order for the app to report data from the trainer,  trainers and sensors will need to be connected to the app from the device connections screen in the workout player.  


To Start:

Please select your workout from the Calendar or the Workout list and press the Play or Start button.  




This will launch the Device Connections screen.  If your screen does not open automatically, please tap the gear icon in the top right corner of your page.  Please ensure that your screen says that ANT+ is ON.  (If ANT+ is OFF, please see: ANT+ Not Showing As "On")


Plug your trainer in and activate your sensors then click the Add Devices button on your screen.  Cadence sensors and power meters will require you to spin the cranks, heart rate monitors will require you to be wearing them.  Moistening the leads on the heart rate monitor strap can help if your sensor doesn't show up in the device list.  


Selecting and Connecting your Trainer

Clicking on the Add Devices button will open up the left-hand panel of the Device Connections screen.  The ANT+ connection will show up as a Bike Power connection, similar to a power meter connection.  This type of connection will only transmit data.  It will not control the trainer.  




Screen_Shot_2020-10-09_at_1.38.00_PM.png The ANT+ icon before the ID number will show that this is an ANT+ connection. Any matching ID numbers show that the connections are to the same device.  If your trainer broadcasts an ANT+ FE-C Trainer connection, please refer to this article to connect your trainer.  




The trainer should now appear in the right-hand panel of the Device Connections screen.  Once the trainer is connected, the box will turn white.  The icons may be green (ON) or white (OFF).


Screen_Shot_2020-10-09_at_8.46.20_AM.png This is the Power Icon.  This icon will need to appear and be selected for the app to report power from your trainer to the screen. 


Screen_Shot_2020-10-09_at_8.46.33_AM.png This is the Cadence Icon.  If your trainer does not have an internal cadence sensor, this icon will not appear.  You will need to connect a cadence sensor to have cadence reported in the app.


Screen_Shot_2020-10-09_at_8.46.52_AM.png This is the Speed Icon.  Your trainer may report speed to the app, however, we recommend that you choose to use the app's virtual speed.  For more information, see the following article:  Understanding Virtual Speed Calculations







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