Apple TV & powermeter control of Kickr, Comapnion app question
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    Apple TV & powermeter control of Kickr, Comapnion app question

    I plan on using Apple TV for Zwift when I redo my basement.
    Currently, I use a laptop.
    I normally use my Favero Assioma pedals as my power source and my Kickr18 as my controllable trainer. I also use a Wahoo Tickr for HR, and usually use my pedals or a separate cadence sensor for cadence (but Iíd finu using the Kickr).
    I know that Iíll need to use the companion app to get additional BT channels, but will I be able to use my power meter pedals to control my Kickr? Those would make up the two available channels, then Iíd use the companion app for HR.
    Also, does the companion app have to be on the iPhone screen all the time for everything to work? I occasionally text, email etc. while on Zwift.

    Thanks!
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    Your best bet would be to get the Cable BT Device and check out the video below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snvlvkBkGXg&t=39s
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    The Kickr18 had a firmware update last year that adds cadence.

    Check out this article from dcrainmaker, specifically addresses issue of limited AppleTV BT channels.

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/09/...re-update.html

    I guess a question here, why aren't you using the Kickr for power?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    I guess a question here, why aren't you using the Kickr for power?
    Because I use the pedals for my outside riding & training.
    When I am training for a hill climb race, I have specific wattage targets.
    The Kickr gives power after drivetrain losses, the pedals do not.
    It doesn't matter to me what the power number is, it just has to be reproducible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDTRFB View Post
    Because I use the pedals for my outside riding & training.
    When I am training for a hill climb race, I have specific wattage targets.
    The Kickr gives power after drivetrain losses, the pedals do not.
    It doesn't matter to me what the power number is, it just has to be reproducible.
    Today I set up an AppleTV app thatís available on my Samsung TV. I proved connectivity from my phone, but didnít go farther than that, so I donít have a response to your original question.

    it might be interesting to see if your theory about drive-train loss actually produces a meaningful difference. You could link your pedals to your regular bike computer while the Kickr is linked to the Wahoo app. In that way you could compare power readings in both configurations simultaneously. Even if theyíre different, if the difference is linear across the power band you might have a workaround.

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