The world of indoor training with techno-devices is moving forward at an alarming pace. Gone are the days of staring at a clock on the wall while on the trainer, we're now hooked in live to whatever application we choose that can take advantage of a multitude of sensors. Heart rate, power, cadence, speed, all flying through the air ready to be captured, displayed, and analysed.
While the competing standards of ANT+ vs Bluetooth Smart (4.0) grows, at this point in time we need to get ANT+ signals into our PCs and Macs to take advantage of these next gen applications.
|Mine didn't actually come in a box. It came in a little plastic baggy.|
|Baggy opened. The unboxing is taking shape.|
|Endless opportunities to store small things awaits.|
|Garmin USB2 ANT 'Stick'... or is it?|
|What we've really got is a Dynastream Innovations Inc ANTUSB-M|
|Side view. I'm still at least 34 photos down on DC Rainmaker at this point.|
I've had the original 'stick' version of the USB2 key for a few years now, so that box is long gone. Just imagine all the excitement of the above unboxing occurring again, with more stick.
|USB2 stick. More like a stick than the other one. The Dynastream Innovations Inc ANTUSB2-OEM.|
|ANT no mountain high enough.|
Now here is where things get confusing. The original USB2 'stick' was somewhat stick shaped, like a lot of early USB devices. Along comes the not-so-stick shaped USB...er...plug/adapter thingy and it still gets branded a stick!?
|Similar, kind of.|
|With a modification of the stick to stick-m, it isn't too far off.|
The two Garmin USB2 ANT Sticks are different products, with different device/product ID codes. They both should do the exact same job, and should draw the same current. I'll look into wireless range tests in the near future.
|You're less likely to stub your toe on the ANTUSB-m.|
Driver installation is taken care of automatically on both Windows and Mac platforms, assuming you have a working Internet connection. If you're reading this, you do. Gone are the days of having to throw out the supplied compact disc of outdated drivers.
In true DC Rainmaker style, I strapped both USB sticks onto my arm and ran around the block. A pointless exercise as this isn't their intended use.
What they both successfully did was resolve this when loading Zwift:
The Suunto Movestick Mini stick has the same form factor as the ANTUSB-m, but is an ANTUSB-OEM cut down to size (Device/Product ID 1008). Has exact same function as the other two Garmin branded products.
Beware of potential confusion when ordering a "Garmin USB2 ANT stick" without knowing the product code. Below is a Garmin iPhone ANT adapter...not USB.