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Possible to share the ant usb dongle with another app?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:30 am
by dannyst
My biggest wish right now is for the ability to share the usb dongle with Zwift. I just got in the Zwift beta, and they say that they have structured workouts on their road map, but I don't know when that will be. In addition, I would be curious to see if Zwift is using the same power curve algorithms, and it would be really nice to use Peripedal on one monitor while I do zwift on the other for a few workouts to see how the two programs report the power numbers etc.

If sharing the usb dongle with another app is an impossibility (which I suspect it may be with the nature of the drivers etc), then I would still find it useful to have Peripedal able to basically just run in a timer mode. Essentially have it let me tell it when to start, and then have it display things as if it is progressing through the workout. That would give me a means to run the peripedal workouts while using Zwift as well. Zwift does add some fun/interest to trainer rides, so I would love to be able to get the best of Peripedal with the fun of Zwift.

Re: Possible to share the ant usb dongle with another app?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:29 am
by Adam
Hi Danny,

Unfortunately sharing an ANT+ stick between 2 programs is not possible, due to the nature of ANT+. What you can do is use 2 ANT+ sticks. PeriPedal will take one and Zwift should take one. That would be my recommendation.

Re: Possible to share the ant usb dongle with another app?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:46 pm
by dannyst
Yeah that was what I suspected with how the ant stick works. Would it be possible to set something up so I can have peripedal act as a timer to tell me how my target power at a given point, and how long the interval is left? Basically just let the workout run without requiring that anything be hooked up, and have it show zeros for any numbers it would normally read from an ant sensor?

Re: Possible to share the ant usb dongle with another app?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:35 am
by Adam
Such a thing is not possible with the current version of PeriPedal, and isn't a feature I feel is worth implementing. Sorry!