This tutorial explains how to connect Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) devices to VirtualTraining on a Windows PC. The connection process for Bluetooth Smart is slightly different than ANT+. Please read this article carefully.
Important: You must register each new Bluetooth Smart device with Windows before launching VirtualTraining. This only needs to be done the first time you connect the device.
What do I need?
- A Bluetooth Smart device like a CycleOps PowerBeam Pro, Wahoo KICKR, PowerTap Speed/Cadence sensor, or many more.
A computer with Windows 8 and Bluetooth 4.0 (older versions like Windows 7, Vista, and XP do not support Bluetooth Smart devices)
Connection of Bluetooth devices in 2 steps
Step 1 - Registering a device with Windows
- Be sure that Bluetooth is enabled
Go to Windows device manager or click the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar and select Show Bluetooth devices
- Select Add device
Searching can take up to a few minutes. if your computer has trouble finding the device, make sure it is turned on: unplug it and plug it back in (CycleOps PowerBeam or Wahoo KICKR) or make sure the battery is charged (speed sensors, heart rate sensors, etc.). For speed/cadence sensors or power meters, make sure your device is awake by pedaling your bike. If you have a heart rate strap, moisten the contact pads and wear it while searching. If windows prompts you to enter a passcode while adding a PowerTap or PowerBeam, enter 0000.
Step 2 - Connect device in VirtualTraining
After windows has recognized the device, start VirtualTraining and select START TRAINING. Follow the training set up instructions and then select your device from the appropriate drop down list.
The following issues can occur when registering the device with Windows.
Driver error while registering with Windows
If you encounter this problem, restart your computer and try registering the device again.
The device is not found
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and your device is plugged in or has a charged battery. Follow Step 1 as described above.