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A much better USB ANT+ stick for your Garmin Forerunner…by Suunto

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If you’re like me and are constantly on a laptop – there are really two minor issues that I have with the Garmin USB stick that I use to download workouts from my Forerunner to my computer.  First up is the issue of simply losing the darn thing in my backpack or around the house.  But, I’ve since shared how I solved that problem.

Second, is the issue of it simply breaking off.  Having broken off various USB doo-dads from my computer before (as well as smart cards sticking out the side), breakage is a reality, and with it hanging off 1-2” into the wild blue yonder, it’s a prime target for a grade-A fail.

And I suppose a third issue is The Girl stealing it.  Somehow that paint scheme she did on hers only works one way in attempting to prevent me from stealing her stick.  But it doesn’t keep her from stealing my ANT stick.  And neither will this.  She’ll still likely try to steal it while giving me that innocent ‘I’m not guilty’ smile.

An alternative

So back in January when I was alerted to a much smaller USB ANT+ stick that could replace your existing Garmin ANT+ USB stick that you use with your current Forerunners I was pretty jazzed to give it a whirl.  I immediately ordered one and waited for the horribly oversized box from Amazon to arrive.

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But I don’t think I was prepared for just how small it is once I got it all unboxed.  Just check it out in comparison to your normal ANT+ stick:

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As you can see, it’s tiny.  And the best thing is that with being so small, I can leave it in my laptop 24×7.  In fact, aside from a few tests in other computers – it hasn’t left my laptop since the package arrived.  That includes plane flights, to and from work, and all assortment of wanderings around town.  Well ok, it left my laptop to take these photos:

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But, you may be asking how is it that a Suunto branded stick works with Garmin watches?  See, when it comes to ANT+ USB sticks, there are basically two flavors – ANT1 (USB1) and ANT2 (USB2).  You can see the flavors on the back of virtually all sticks in tiny writing – “USB2 Wireless USB Stick”

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ANT1 had a limited number of channels (4), whereas the newer ANT2 stick has more channels (8).  In common scenarios like downloading your data, it doesn’t really matter.  But when it comes to applications that may leverage the USB stick for real-time data transfer – such as TrainerRoad – the extra channels become really important if you have multiple ANT+ accessories (like Speed, Cadence, Power Meters, Heart Rate, etc…).  Or – if you’ve got multiplayer type applications taking advantage of it.  Each channel is limited to one ANT+ accessory.

So the Suunto stick is ANT2, which means that despite being Suunto it’s really just like any other ANT+ stick under the covers.  Thus it doesn’t look any different to the Garmin software than Garmin’s own stick.

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Using the mini-USB stick

All you do is simply plug in the stick, give it a few seconds to grab the USB drivers from Windows Update (I’ve tried it on Windows Vista and Windows 7) – and you’re good to go!  You’ll note that initially when it first starts looking for drivers, it calls it the Suunto Movestick Mini (it normally comes with the Suunto Quest watch).

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Once it finishes up being installed – it’s the same old ANT USB Stick 2 (ANT2).

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For all you Mac folks, I was able to also download workouts without issue using the Garmin ANT Agent and in this case, a Garmin FR610 (but again, any Garmin watch will work).

MacPairing

Like the Mac, on Windows once you’ve got the drivers automatically installed, you’ll use the Garmin ANT Agent software just as you normally would.  It’ll simply download from any device you have (i.e. FR610, FR310XT, FR910XT, FR60, FR405, FR410, FR70, etc… – no problems!).

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In short, plug it in, forget about it.

Now, I do want to point out that while this is a Suunto ‘accessory’, it’s the only Suunto accessory that will work with other ANT+ devices (like your Garmin).  The remainder of the accessories (i.e. heart rate straps) are using Suunto’s proprietary ANT variant which aren’t compatible with anything else.  And, while I’m at it – since I know a few of you have asked about the new Suunto Ambit GPS integrated watch – yes, I will definitely be reviewing it and should have a unit in my hands as we get into the first week of March.  Looking forward to it!

3rd Party Compatibility:

Now the cool part with being the standard ANT2 stick is that all of the 3rd party applications that use the ANT+ USB sticks support it just fine.

Take for example TrainerRoad (where I heard about the stick, and yes, a review is coming) – it easily works with the Suunto Movestick Mini seamlessly – you’d never know the difference:

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Next up we have the Tacx Trainer – which also works just fine.  Just be sure to be on software version 3.7 or 3.8 (latest versions) – which added support for the ANT2 USB sticks out of the box (prior to that you had to jump through some hoops).  If you’re on the 3.5 or 3.6 – simply click the update button that’s been blinking at you for the past month or so.

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And for those developers/testers in the house – yup, it works with the ANT+ simulator perfectly fine too (you may remember this from my ultra-long battery tests).

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There are undoubtedly many more apps it works with, but these were just a few that I could think of that I had handy.

About the only downside I can think of is that if you do take it out of your computer and place it somewhere…there’s probably a good chance you’re going to have to search longer to find it since it’s about 20% of the size of the original one.

But, that’s a risk I’ll take…mostly because it’s never leaving my laptop.  Others have simply put a dot of epoxy on it to ensure it never leaves its home (though, it’s pretty darn snug in the port already).

Pricing

The Suunto Movestick Mini stick runs between $35 and $39 depending on tidal patterns and other random pricing metrics. If you purchase the USB stick via Clever Training using the DCR reader coupon code of DCR10JKW then you’ll get 10% off your cart, as well as support the site.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

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222 Comments

  1. Just a little correction, Suunto USB is not the only Suunto accessory that will work with other ANT+ devices - the new Suunto Foot Pod Mini works via ANT+ too, I use it with Garmin Fit Android App. It's a shame that Suunto ignores ANT+ otherwise.

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    • xgravity23 replied

      Thank you so much for posting this!!! I have gone through 2 Garmin Ant+ sticks--they just stop working, not sure why--but I'm hoping this will have a longer life, and I was sold when I saw the lower profile of the Suunto stick. I was afraid I was never going to be able to connect again and not be able to analyze my data at the level provided by Garmin Connect, but as we speak (figuratively), my 405 is sending data through the Suunto Ant stick!

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  3. I believe credit to Chilli (Australia) for alerting DC about this back in November 2011.

    Refer link to dcrainmaker.com

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  4. Anonymous

    Speaking of ultra-long-battery tests, any update on when you are going to test more devices to see how long they last with the GPS turned off?

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  5. Anonymous

    Hi
    Any idea if this will work with Win XP?

    Thanks!

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  6. Jen

    Does anyone know if Garmin HR strap (ant+) will pair with a suunto watch (M5)?

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    • JUAN Rodriguez replied

      Yes it does. I have mine paired with an Ambit

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    • Rainmaker replied

      The M5 is different than the Ambit. The Ambit had an update last fall to allow ANT+ devices (heart rate straps) to connect to it. The M5 didn't get such update.

      Note that this is different than using the Movescount stick to connect to the Suunto Ambit (that doesn't work).

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    • Budana replied

      Ray, before I buy this, is this compatible with the Ambit2 R? If not, is there a stick for the Ambit2 R (or Ambit2 series)? thanks!

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the Ambit 2R (any of the Ambit's actually) only transfer via USB cable. Sorry!

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  7. Excellent! Thanks for the review--I'm so sad that I just bought a Garmin stick. The next question: How long will it take Garmin to catch-up??

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  8. This would be great when Garmin fixes the issue I have with my 310XT that constantly downloads over and over, including during a workout (breaking the workout up). As is, if I want to run on the home treadmill or use the bike trainer, I need to unplug the USB stick. :(

    Their support folks are helpful, and getting data from me. It appears from their forums I'm not the only one seeing this either.

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    • Illya Kowalchuk replied

      Steven,

      I'm struggling with the same issue. Have you found a solution to the problem? I use a mac, and have a usb1 version of the any stick. I can't figure out why the any stick just keeps dropping off the radar, and am going to order one of the sunnto ones to see if that can be a cheaper fix....

      Thanks,
      Illya

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  9. GPB

    Anyone know if a Garmin 610 will pair with two ANT+ sticks? i.e. if I put the Garmin stick on my work computer in the office for lunchtime runs and this Suunto stick on my home computer for weekend/evening runs?

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  10. Hi GBP-

    Yes, just ensure to not have either computer set to erase the watch upon completion of the download.

    Enjoy!

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  11. Thanks for the review. I have the Ant+ stick connected to the home Mac and the workouts for my wife and I are uploaded to the same Garmin Connect acct.... very troubling.

    Do you know if you are able to use a single Ant+ stick and upload data to 2 different Garmin Connect accts?

    Thx.

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  12. MarkS

    Aaaaarrrgh, wish I'd not seen this!

    Having just moved to a 910xt from an entry level suunto, I ebay'd my movestick mini AND the footpod understanding that suunto ant was not compatible ant.. have been lamenting how clumsily large the stick is, and the cost of a new footpod.

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  13. Hi Nilserik-

    No, unforutnately the ANT Agent is tied to a single account, regardless of how many sticks or devices you use. One option is to have it not upload automatically to any given Garmin Connect account, but instead just sign into connect.garmin.com and select to manually upload - thus uploading to the correctly logged in account.

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    • Tim replied

      I don't think this is correct (or I mis-understood the question).

      On my PC at home I use one Windows Login and a single Garmin ANT+ stick. Once I plug it in it sucks data off of my 610, 910xt, Swim and puts them on my Garmin Connect account. It also pulls data from my girlfriend's 610, 310xt and Swim and uploads to her account separately.

      I think it asks for the account info when pairing the watch... Perhaps this is a newer feature of the ANT Agent, but I am pretty sure I have been doing it this way for around 2 years.

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  14. Good Find. Though I like many others ordered this new smaller ant stick after seeing this post hopefully Garmin will update their ant stick on future watches.

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  15. Anonymous

    And Suunto ANT network key is getting support in Android:

    You can use your Suunto ANT kit, and your ANT+ sensors, with a convergent Android app.

    link to newwell.fi

    link to thisisant.com

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  16. Could you check the system log on your Mac using Console.app? One problem that I (and others) have been having is that with the Garmin ANT+ stick plugged in to our computers, we're getting repeated kernel error messages every 2 seconds that look like this:

    kernel: USBF: 321438. 88 AppleUSBEHCI[0xffffff800b76f000]::Found a transaction past the completion deadline on bus 0xfd, timing out! (Addr: 4, EP: 1)

    (see link to forums.garmin.com). The problem has been going on for awhile with no word from Garmin. I'd be interested to see if the Suunto gives the same error.

    I end up keeping my stick unplugged until I need it, but this might help narrow down the problem.

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    • Nugget replied

      I know this is a year stale but I've been curious about this as well. I get those same errors with my Garmin ANT+ stick and I finally decided to buy the Suunto stick to see if the problem existed with it as well. Sadly, it does. I get the same errors in system.log, and if I leave the stick plugged in for more than a few hours it locks up the computer completely.

      Machine is an Early 2008 Mac Pro, and it doesn't seem to matter if I plug in to USB ports directly on the computer or if I plug into ports on an external USB hub.

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  17. Hi Lyen-

    With the mini stick plugged in, I am not seeing any such errors in System.log. The ANT Agent recongnizes the stick as plugged in, so I would expect to see it bubbling if it were having an issue.

    Hope this helps!

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  18. Vince

    Great post. However I'm surprised that a USB stick is even needed. Most laptops have Bluetooth already so would just need some driver software. I understand that there are different Bluetooth chipsets so would need slightly different drivers.

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  19. ANT+ is different than BT (or BTLE), so the two aren't compatible. Sorta like USB vs Firewire. iPhone vs Android. Boxers vs Briefs. Tacos vs Burritos. Coke vs Pepsi. Nutella vs Fluff. Oh wait, actually those two are definitely compatible.

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  21. I went and bought one of these immediately after reading this post. So pleased to be able to leave it in my laptop all the time without tripping over as I walk past. The huge Garmin one can stay in the carry case with the Garmin kit in case I need to download on another PC...perfect!

    The ANT agent did tell me several times it had uploaded tonight's run from my 610 though it only appeared on Connect the once, so not sure if that's a problem yet.

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  22. Awesome tip: I cannot count the number of times I went on a trip and forgot to bring a stick. Ordered one immediately and will indeed leave it in the laptop 24/7

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  23. It arrived today. Can confirm it works like a charm (link to dailymile.com), and quite a bit cheaper too!

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  24. Hi, anyone knows if the Garmin USB Stick works with Suunto watches? Specially with the new Suunto Ambit? tks.

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  25. Anonymous

    Is this Suunto Movestick Mini compatible with the Suunto Monitor program like the discontinued PC POD did?

    Also, can I use this with FirstBeat Athlete? The last I check only PC POD and the larger version of Movestick works.

    Thank you.

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  26. Anonymous

    Thanks for the feedback--ordered one on Amazon thru the link on your page.

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  27. Hi DC,
    Will the Suunto USB work with the Garmin Forerunner 305?
    If so, where can I purchase the Suunto USB?
    Thanks,
    Arthur CHat

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  28. Hi DC,
    Does the Suunto USB work with the Garmin Forerunner 305?

    If so, What does the Suunto USB cost? and where can I purchase it?

    Thanks,
    Arthur

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  29. No, the FR305 is USB-download only.

    The unit costs about $35 - see the links at the end of the post. Enjoy!

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  30. Manchi

    Just ordered the Suunto Mini Stick to work with my Forerunner 405 my bro in law gave me without the ANT stick... I hope it will work for me :-D

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  31. DAC

    This Suunto USB seems great. I am looking to get one USB ANT+ stick to read heart rate data using a Suunto belt device for my research.

    Can someone confirm that it is possible to create a Windows application that can communicate with a Suunto belt device using this USB ANT+ stick (Suunto movestick mini) ?

    If it is possible to communicate using ANT protocol to a Suunto belt device, it would be useful to know if multiple Suunto belts can communicate to a single application.

    Thanks !

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  32. I installed my Suunto ANT+ stick, followed the instructions and everything worked perfectly with my Garmin forerunner 405.

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  33. Christophe

    Lyen and all others who are interested in using the Suunto Stick with OS X:
    Using ANT Agent 2.2, I still get the same errors as with the original Garmin USB2 stick. So the Suunto one does not fix the problem of constant USB errors in the console :(

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  34. Anonymous

    The Adidas MiCoach USB dongle is also Garmin compatible, and much smaller than the Garmin dongle. I can leave it in place when I zip my laptop into its form-fitting case!

    The Garmin synchronization software even trumps the MiCoach software - in order to synch the MiCoach in my football boots, I need to close Garmin Ant Agent.

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    • ME replied

      Same! MiCoach USB dongle works perfectly with the Garmin FR 610.

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  35. Have you tested range of these two?

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  37. Are you sure that Suunto Movestick Mini is ANT+? There is just ANT mark on back of package cover.
    And I can not just make it working with GSC 10.

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  38. 110% sure. I use it (using it right now), plus, everyone else here is using it. ;)

    Range, hmm, at least across the room (living room sized) if not further depending on what's in the way.

    When you say not working with cadence sensor - which application are you using?

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  39. Hi,
    ctANT, usb stick is detected, but i can not pair (is just searching and serching ...) it with GSC 10.

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  40. Hi, can you perform one test for me?
    I would know if GSC 10 works with Garmin ANT+ or SUUNTO Movestick Mini using cnANT.

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  41. Anonymous

    Hi,

    doest the Suunto Movestick Mini (link to amazon.com) mentioned in the article, work correctly with the Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor (link to buy.garmin.com)?

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  42. As far as I can tell from using this device for well over 6 months it is a straight swap out for the Garmin unit. I have Wahoo, Garmin, Adidas, Bkool devices and it pairs and works with them all. It works with any software that expects a Garming ANT+ USB dongle.

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  43. Have you explored using this ANT 2 with Beltone or GN Resound hearing aids or accessories? "GN ReSound – is using the Nordic ... core and 8-channel ANT protocol stack in a compact 5x5mm QFN package.

    thanks bill a

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  44. Allan Dawson

    Hi,

    Very much enjoy reading the site. Question: With Ambit firmware 2.0 promising ant+, will the movestick mini now work with the ambit?

    Thanks, Allan.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Currently it's not supported. Technically they could do it - it's just not there today (in 2.0). The technology that's used to do that is ANTfs, which allows file transfers.

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  45. JoelB

    I recently purchased a Garmin 650t GPS which uses ANT+ to communicate to other Garmin GPSes. We can share tracks, waypoints, etc. Do you think I could use the Suunto MoveStick Mini to transfer those same files wirelessly to my computer instead of to other GPS devices?

    Joel

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Unfortunately, it takes two to tango. In this case, it takes software on the PC to understand how to transfer those files to it. In theory, one could write an app to do so (either for PC using the stick or for phone using an adapter). But I'm not aware of anything that does that today unfortunately for those devices types and file types (they all just use FIT file transfer).

      Sorry!

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  46. Alexandra

    I find your reviews hugely helpful - would now never buy technology without checking with you first. (You sold me my 310XT, also later the Polar HRM belt to go with it!) Please can you tell my if the Suunto "ANT" stick will work with XP? I daren't buy it until I'm sure. Thanks.

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  47. Alexandra

    Thanks so much for your speedy reply.

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  48. Andreas

    I have a Samsung SIII on which I have the Endomondo App running. I am looking for HRM and Cadence Monitor which are compatible with the Samsung SIII and Endomondo. The Endomondo web site does sell HRM's but do not have Cadence Monitors. Can anyone help a techincally challenged mountain biker.

    Thanks
    Andreas

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  49. Ben Wray

    Hi Ray

    Thanks for the site, I love it. I have a quick question I've not been able to find an answer to on the web.

    I use a Garmin Forerunner 610 and can upload runs and rides to my home computer no problem, but the IT policy at work won't let me install the communicator plugin or ANT software to my work laptop. I come straight to work from cycle training, so I can't upload to Garmin Connect (or, more importantly, onward to Strava) until late evening, which is rather annoying.

    Do you (or anyone else reading) know if there is any way I can get the ride file off the watch without using the ANT dongle? I tried using the charger cable and plugging it in to the USB port of my laptop, hoping that the Garmin Connect site might see the watch without the plugin, or that I might be able to access the watch like a USB drive and take off a TCX file manually, but that didn't seem to work.

    Any ideas much appreciated. My back up option is to buy the 810, but I'm not all that enthused by it and I get all the data I need from the 610 - when I'm actually on the move all I really need is speed, distance and time, which I use a cheap Cateye computer for. $500 seems like a lot to shell out just for the phone function.

    Thanks

    Ben

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  50. Joost

    Looks like the Suunto Movestick Mini does not see any of the Edge 500 bundle devices.
    Neither the HRM1G Heart rate monitor nor the GSC10 are found by the software.

    Isn't that strange because both are ANT+ devices ?

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, it wouldn't. The mini stick has to be leveraged by an application - such as the ANT Agent, or Trainer Road. In the case of the ANT Agent, it's to connect to supported ANT+ devices (as noted above). In the case of TrainerRoad, you can connect to the GSC10, etc...

      In order to transfer files from a devices to your computer, the devices has to support what are known as FIT transfers via ANTfs. Today, the Garmin Edge units don't support that.

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    • Abhijith Rao replied

      Do you have a guide as to how to make the two pair? Are you saying that having something like trainer road eliminates the need for the Edge and the sensors can be picked directly by the USB?

      I have :
      1. Suunto Mini Stick
      2. an Edge 500, Garmin cadence and speed, and a Garmin HRM strap.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Correct on Trainer Road.

      You need an application - TrainerRoad, PerfPro, etc... to leverage that USB stick to connect to your ANT+ sensors. By itself, the USB stick won't do much.

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  51. Ben Wray

    Thanks for replying. I actually use an android phone, but can't seem to find an equivalent product. Do you know of any? Thanks again, Ben.

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  52. Ben Wray

    I should have said it's a Samsung Galaxy S2 I have. By the look of it, there's nothing on the market to let that phone read ANT. Hmmm.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Check out my post from last Thursday from CES on what's coming up for the Samsung phones...

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    • ifor replied

      "Check out my post from last Thursday from CES on what’s coming up for the Samsung phones…"

      I can not find this post... Only thing from Thursday was the Leiker post. Day before you had the two posts about goodies you had and goodies you expected soon.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      In this post, under ANT+: link to dcrainmaker.com

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  53. Ohio

    I have been reading your reviews, and they are great...thanks!

    Quick question, I just upgraded to a 910XT from a FR405. Can I use the old FR405 USB ANT+ stick with my new 910XT as well as the USB ANT+ stick that came with my watch? I was thinking of keeping the old one in my travel kit, so I could just upload with that stick when I am on the road.

    If I can do this, would I have to repair the watch each time that I came home and/or went traveling?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No problems at all with that. And no need to re-pair the watch. My wife and I regularly use each others ANT+ USB sticks, and for the most part, I have a big pile here and it's probably rare that I actually grab the same stick twice.

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  54. Joost

    I used the Garmin ANT agent to discover both the HRM1G and the GSC10.
    The problem was not the Suunto stick but the software.

    Trainerroad for example works perfectly!

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  55. Bob Gannon

    Ray,

    I picked up the Suunto Movestick Mini yesterday and tried to use it with the Lemond Revolution Power Pilot. I downloaded the latest version of the Garmin ANT+ software and set the Power Pilot to pairing but it never showed up in the Garmin ANT+ console. Any suggestions?

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Unfortunately the LeMond Revolution as it stands today doesn't support direct ANT+ "in the clear" transmission of power (or downloading of files). It does do speed/cadence and HR (via strap).

      However, to display some of that data via that ANT+ stick, you'll still need some piece of software - such as Trainer Road or Golden Cheetah.

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  56. Johnny

    Hi DC

    Regarding the install.

    It works fine as you write and show, on XP and Vista.
    But now i got a Windows 8 machine and it just wont install.
    It knows its there but has no driver.
    And no driver can be found.

    Do you have any helpful advice?

    Thanks Johnny

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Strange, it works on my W8 boxes (have a few of them). Nonetheless, a trick to get the drivers is to grab the Garmin ANT Agent software download (it's free). And install that. That has the driver package as part of it, and is pretty tiny. Then just turn off the ANT Agent. I'd have to think of you could uninstall the ANT Agent and whether or not it'll un-install the drivers.

      One minor note, if you have Windows RT (such as Microsoft Surface), the ANT stick (of any flavor) won't work today. I've been working with some folks to try and get those drivers inbox via Windows Update so it will work so that folks like TrainerRoad can develop against it - but for now, not quite yet.

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  57. Mindz

    Is it just my impression or is the transfer speed of the Suunto Movestick Mini slightly slower than Garmin's?

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  58. tomroberts97

    Thanks DCRainMaker - as always you seem to have the inside track on this stuff - I knew someone had to have a smaller ant+ stick than that silly garmin one its so big and goofy - now I can just leave this in my laptop

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  59. Gio

    Does it work with Garmin Fenix?

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the Fenix doesn't transfer activity files over ANT+, rather, over USB and Bluetooth Smart.

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  60. fullcarbonbike

    From reading the comments above, should the MoveStick Mini detect a Garmin HR strap, or speed/cadence sensor? I tried the MoveStick in both a Windows 7 laptop and a Mac, the Garmin Ant agent doesn't detect/pair with those Gasrmin Ant+ devices. I didn't want to pay for the trainerroad app/service unless I was sure the Movestick was working. Any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the ANT+ stick simply replaces the existing ANT+ stick. You'll still need some software (TrainerRoad, Golden Cheetah, etc...) to communicate with a HR strap directly.

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  61. Stephanie

    When I asked Suunto, they say that the Movestick Mini will only work with their products. Are they joshing me? I have a Garmin Forerunner 405.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      They're wrong. It works fine with the FR405.

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  62. Ted H

    works good for me. FR70, FR610, and 910xt... Now I wish my Edge810 uses this technology instead of USB for data transfer,,,

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  63. JPMJR

    Hey DC,
    Just figured I'd let you know when using hte Suunto Movestick Mini with ctANT+ (HR and Cadence) my cadence keeps fluctuating from accurate to 50% accurate. I swapped out the suunto for a garmin unit and the problem went away. I'm still testing to see if I can figure out exactly what the issue is.

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  64. Plicas

    Hi.

    Don't know if this is the right place for the question but here it goes.

    I've been thinking about buying a footpod and i've seen that the suunto and garmin footpods are produced by the same company and use the same protocols of comunication but the garmin is cheaper. Do you know if i could use the garmin footpod whith my sunto t4d???

    thanks

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the T4D doesn't support ANT+, which is what's required (only the Suunto Ambit does). The Suunto footpod broadcasts in ANT+ as well as proprietary Suunto-ANT, whereas the Garmin just does the open ANT+.

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  65. Hi,
    Garmin got his own mini stick right now: 010-01058-00

    link to gps-info.nl

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Indeed, I've been using it since the fall. Good stuff! Pretty much just like the Suunto one, just a bit aerodynamic. ;)

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  66. Jeff

    Well my computer illiteracy has managed to bomb out my Suunto mini. Suunto claim that it won't work with my Garmin 610 and won't help with troubleshooting, so I deleted all the Suunto files i could find on my computer (I downloaded drivers as pointed out in the manual, not auto detected by windows).

    Now I can't re-download the Suunto driver and my 610 isn't being read...

    Make sure you follow Rays instructions to a T or you'll end up like me, with nothing!

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    • Tim replied

      Perhaps try forcing the driver to one use from ANT...? (i.e. download it and when 'installing' the device point it to these files)

      There is a link to one for Windows here: link to thisisant.com

      Reply
    • Jeff replied

      I gave it a shot Tim, but Windows keeps determining that the drivers are up to date.

      Rolled the drivers back, and even deleted completely to the point where there were no drivers, however it wasn't recognizing the ANT USB Driver - Windows files (I tried all 3 - AMD64, IA64 and X86.

      Not sure where I am going wrong!

      Reply
    • Mike Nealey replied

      Make sure you go into your Garmin and turn it on to "Initial Pairing" - "On" under Settings.

      Reply
  67. Daniel

    Any update on drivers for ANT on Windows RT? It's very frustrating not being able to upload my run data directly from my Surface RT.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Nothing. :( I've poked a few times on both sides of the equation, but no significant progress.

      Reply
    • Christina replied

      Anything yet? Any workaround? It has been a few months since you last commented on it! I really want the Garmin vivofit band, but the only devices I have are a Nokia Lumia windows phone and a Surface RT!

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      No, there's no progress there. Ultimately, I don't expect any based on what I'm hearing at this point. Sorry!

      Reply
  68. Florian

    Not sure whether this has been mentioned yet, but my Forerunner 910XT, which I received today directly from Garmin (exchanged on warranty for defective unit), features a Garmin branded USB stick which looks very similar to the Suunto one pictured in your post. The old watch (bought 6 weeks ago from Amazon) still included the older, bigger unit...

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Nice, good to see they're starting to slip out. They hit the distributor catalogs a month or so back, but hadn't seen them actually go out through normal channels yet.

      Reply
    • Przemyslaw Mycek replied

      I confirm that, my new 310XT came with ANT+ mini stick similar to Suunto mini stick. Finally they got the message.

      Reply
    • Dan replied

      I got one of the new garmin sticks with a new 910xt. There is a slight hitch for people for whom this is the first or only stick ....

      While the stick works fine with ant agent, antware II etc, and Golden Cheetah, it is not recognized by the Sport Tracks 3 Live Recording plugin or Virtual Runner (Treadmill simulator), both of which are fine with the original garmin stick or the movestick mini. Presumably there is something subtle in the initialisation which is done differently in these two apps - obviously there may be others in the same boat.

      I am fairly sure I did come across something which didn't work with the movestick, but it escapes me at the moment.

      Reply
  69. Aaron Wheeler

    Anyone have problems with this not working? It was working fine with my Forerunner 310XT and I just went to sync my weekend rides and it the Garmin ANT Agent continues to say "inactive, please connect..." It has never done this before. It has always just worked. The wife found my Garmin stick--which SHE lost--- yesterday so I plugged it in and everything synced fine. ????

    Reply
  70. Skijeti

    Can anyone confirm that Adidas micoach PC/Mac adapter is USB2 which would allow me to use HRM through Apps with non-builted ANT+ chip android phones?
    link to micoach.adidas.com

    Reply
  71. Juan Jose Vila

    Hi DC,
    just bought an Ambit S2 and I need to know if my old ant+ garmin usb dongle can work with moveslink and ambit s2.
    Until now I could not make it work :´(

    Reply
    • Ray Maker replied

      Neither the Ambit nor Ambit 2/2S uses ANT+ for uploading, they only use the USB cable method.

      Reply
  72. I purchased this today online via your suggestion. I am dual booting Linux on my computer and I have downloaded some things that are said to work with Garmin USB ANT+ sticks, so we'll see if it treats this adapter the same way. Otherwise, I'll just have to boot into Windows to upload; not a huge deal. I'll make sure to come back and report about how it works on Linux.

    Reply
  73. Drew W.

    Ray...I read all the comments & have scoured the innerwebs & I can't find an answer, so I am coming to you as the expert. If I have the regular Garmin ANT+ stick plugged in my desktop at home 24/7 & then keep the Suunto Mini in my MacBook Air 24/7, will my watch sync with both whenever I am in range?

    Basically is the watch-stick partnership 1:1 or 1:many?

    Reply
    • Ray Maker replied

      It'll sync to both. The partnership is between the computer and your watch, but your watch can be paired to multiple computers.

      Note however that it may result in duplicate uploads to Garmin Connect however.

      Reply
    • Drew W. replied

      Thanks Ray! I was hoping that was the answer.

      Also, an easy solution to the duplicate data problem can be found in the Garmin ANT Agent Preferences. The very first section is a checkbox that reads "Erase data on my device after a successful transfer to computer." Since I never look at my data on my watch after it's in Connect anyway, I don't care if it's wiped off after it's uploaded.

      Reply
    • Debs replied

      Drew and Ray,
      I got the suunto mini to replace my lost garmin ant stick. I went to the movestick web site but how do I upload the drivers to my macbook pro? Igot a message from on the screen that it doesn't recognize the developers. The stick didn't auto load the drivers like my garmin ant. Thanks

      Reply
  74. darren b.

    I have just purchased the suunto mini movestick and it is ant not ant+

    I presume it is old stock, so readers need to be aware that they specifically purchase the ant+ variant of the suunto mini movestick and not the ant variant.

    Reply
    • Ray Maker replied

      I've never one heard that. Where did you purchase it and how do you know it's not ANT+ (note, it doesn't say ANT+ on it).

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      Hi,

      The one I purchased specified ant not ant+ on the rear of the packaging.

      Additionally, page 2 of the product q&a from this link:
      link to suunto.com

      asks if the movestick is ant or ant+ and suunto reply with confirmation that the movestick is ant and not ant+

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      It won't say ANT+ on the package, as it's not what Suunto intended it for from a marketing standpoint. Suunto initially put it out as for just their proprietary Suunto-ANT piece.

      Have you tried it and are you actually seeing any issues?

      Suunto support can't generally spell ANT+ (with the +), they only know of Suunto ANT.

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      Hi,

      I bought it to originally use with a tanita bc1000, however, i since ordered the withings, BUT, I am now wanting to use my garmin HRM chest belt with my android phone and pc. I am awaiting a usb otg to arrive so i can use an ant+ stick with my android ... as selfloops.com suggest.

      I have the suunto here, but it is repackaged waiting for me to send it back but if my usb otg cable arrives i might unpack it and try it on my phone.

      It would be good if it absolutely is ant+ but is a bit disappointing choose to not display or advertise it as such...very confusing.

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      Sorry, I meant to write:

      Disappointing if SUUNTO choose not to display or advertise it as ant+

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      I hear ya. They haven't historically displayed ANT+, because up until November, no Suunto devices even supported ANT+. Now, the Ambit's do, so that's progress.

      I assure you, it'll work with the OTG dongle (in fact, that's how I use it). Enjoy!

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      hi,

      ok that is interesting, I will unpackage it and explore further and see the results once the otg cable arrives.

      Would be brilliant if so, ok then, thanks for the replies, can appreciate you must deal with hundreds if not thousands.

      I will get back to you and update this with my findings and then at the very least, it may help others in my position.

      Thanks again.

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      No problem. Btw, once your OTG arrives, you can start with this guide for getting it all setup on Android (and other platforms): link to dcrainmaker.com

      It's using the same stick - though this one was branded differently, but same exact unit (I swap them back and forth between the Suunto, Garmin, and ANT+ branded one).

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      Hi,

      Oh superb stuff, thank you very much indeed for the heads up, really appreciate that!

      Reply
    • darren b. replied

      Hi Again,

      So, the usb otg cable arrived this morning, connected to galaxy s3 (after having installed the relevent ant+ apps and stuff) put my ant+ garmin heart rate chest belt on and it worked lol

      Brilliant stuff, really weird suunto choose not to display or advertise this as ant+ Thanks for persevering with me lol

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Awesome, great to hear!

      Reply
    • ifor replied

      The stick itself is not ANT+ it is just ANT. ANT+ is all about defined protocols for using ANT. e.g. it's all about the software using the ANT radio system. As the stick has no software of it's own then it can not be described as ANT+. It can of course be used by apps that implement the various ANT+ profiles.

      Reply
  75. Todd

    Can an ANT+ exercise foot pod communicate with the Suunto USB device directly? What if I want to bypass the watch and let the pod send a signal directly to the pod?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yes and no. Yes, it technically works, but you have to find an application to do so. Meaning that you'd have to get an app to connect directly to the foot pod and read the values in realtime.

      Reply
  76. Bob

    I have a Movestick Mini and I was wondering if there is a way to use it to display heart rate information on a PC monitor in real time. It seems to be designed for uploading information after a workout.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      You need some sort of 3rd party application to do so. An example would be TrainerRoad for indoor cycling trainers to display HR (and other metrics).

      Reply
  77. Chris

    I recently bought this as my Garmin stick has gone AWOL. I assume a dog ate it but cant be sure :(

    I find it connects with my 310XT equally as well as the garmin stick (ie poorly) but if I leave the SUUNTO plugged into the usb port my pc wont boot up. Sometimes it stops at the black screen with just a cursor, sometimes at the windows logo. The instant I pull out the suunto it resumes the startup without issue.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      It sounds like in your PC you have a setting in the BIOS attempting to boot to USB. That in and of itself is semi-normal, however the fact that it tries to actually boot off of a non-mass storage device isn't normal. You can disable boot to USB in your BIOS settings if you'd like, to solve it.

      Reply
  78. Drew W.

    I've had the Suunto Mini in my MacBook Air for about a month now & it has never once given me a problem. I set my up MBA & the Garmin ANT Agent with the official Garmin ANT+ stick. When I plugged the new stick in, the computer recognized the Movestick Mini immediately the same way it recognized the Garmin ANT+ stick. I just leave it plugged in my MBA 24/7 & when I run during the day at work, my Garmin 410 syncs up with my MBA & when I come home, it does not sync again with my mac at home. So no no issues with duplicate entries in Garmin Connect.

    Reply
  79. andy

    hey mate, i recently bought a garmin 410 on the cheap but in the box was no ANT stick so i'm considering getting the suunto stick mentioned above, but is it possible to use any USB stick with the watch? cheers,

    Reply
  80. Odilon

    Will it work with Timex Ironman?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Not, the Timex lineup doesn't use ANT+ to transfer workouts, only to connect to sensors.

      Reply
  81. Erik the Red

    Just got the Movestick, plugged it in but no icon appears on my desktop (Macbook). Also get the message: 'please connect the ANT USB stick to continue' in Garmin ANT agent.. Just mailed Suunto, but maybe someone here knows what could be wrong.

    Thx!

    E

    Reply
    • Erik the Red replied

      Working! Appearantly sometimes ANT agent doesn't recognize USB sticks. Reinstalled it, works like a charm. Greetings from Norway and thank you for the tip.

      Reply
  82. Steve W

    Hi DC, would any USB 2 stick work? I've found this one in the UK MICRONEXT - MN-WD552B - DONGLE, USB 2.0, NANO SIZE.

    Thanks in advance

    Steve

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Hmm, I'm not sure about that one honestly.

      Reply
    • Steve W replied

      Thanks for the reply. I got an e mail from the supplier and they said it wasn't.

      Reply
  83. I've just unboxed my shiny new 310XT bought from Amazon, and... it sports a nice USB dongle, similar to the one from Suunto. Yay!

    Reply
  84. Carl

    Please can somebody tell me if the suunto mini ant+ stick work with the new rotor power software ??? And does anybody like it ?

    Reply
  85. John Scicluna

    Hi Mr Rainmaker,

    Just bought a new Garmin 910xt and I believe they upgraded their ANT+ USB stick to one that is very similar to the Suunto one... very small and compact ;)

    Reply
  86. IronNico

    Hello Ray,

    Isn't the new Garmin one better ? It says ANT USB-m Stick which is supposed to be faster.

    I wonder if it'll work with my Virtual Training Desktop from Cycleops and TR or if I should go for the Movestick mini from Suunto.

    Any advice there ?

    Thanks,
    Nico

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yeah, this post was written previous to the Garmin unit coming out (by over a year). Honestly though, in using them both day to day interchangeably (including the Garmin mini one for about 6 months prior to coming out), they're basically equal for day to day use.

      Reply
    • Dan replied

      I'd be wary - as noted in comment #99 above, my new garmin stick doesn't work with two of the pc apps that I use, despite being fine with Ant Agent and others.

      Reply
    • Eli replied

      Just in case anyone wants further detail, (i.e. ignore this and just read what ray said if you want simple) the Suunto Movestick Mini and Adidas MiCoach Connect stick are both AP2 Ant+ sticks. AP2 Ant+ sticks are the ones that were out right before the ANTUSB-m sticks (the new mini Garmin stick)

      Outside of the compatibility issues Dan mentions the ANTUSB-m stick is the newest and best version (has all the features) but doesn't look like anyone is using those new features yet so its main advantage is size.

      Also if you want a Ant+ stick that works with Android make sure it is a AP2 or newer stick. (the older AP1 sticks don't work)

      Reply
  87. Carl grimshaw

    Please can people tell me which is the best one to use with rotor power sofwear

    Reply
  88. J Parry

    The Suunto Moviestick Mini is perfect on my Apple laptop. Bought it, plugged it in and it worked immediately with my Garmin 910. (My Garmin stick was taped together and I had to hold it, to get it to transfer.) The Suunto is so small it is perfect to leave on my Apple laptop. Thank you for the info!

    Reply
    • Debs replied

      I can not get the movestick mini to work witn my Garmin 910/ Garmin site on the MacBook Pro :(
      I called Suunto, they said the mini is a an aNT where garmin requires ANT +
      Any ideas? Did you do anything besides the mini movestick instillation?

      Reply
  89. Will this work for my Garmin forerunner 110?

    Reply
  90. Debs

    I tried to pair the suunto mini with my garmin 910 but nothing happened. I have a macbookpro and did bypass the does not recognize step to install the software. There was no automatic download, the movestick.com site indicates that you have to enter whichwhich suunto device you are piring with, but that just brings up the installer. I went to the garmin site and tried to upload with the 910 next to my computer and the movestick mini in the slot of my computer. Help!

    Reply
  91. I just got my 310xt which came with the new smaller USB clip. Since my computer gets used a lot with various externals, equipment, etc, is there any way people have used to make sure they don't lose it?! I'm already worried about having it go missing. There's no loop for a lanyard or anything. Can it be inserted into a larger casing sold separately?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the best way is to honestly just leave it in your computer full time - which, is what I do.

      Reply
  92. dennis

    hi Ray
    I recently purchased a Wahoo Kickr and wish to use Trainer Road.
    Based on what I have read in your reviews the Suunto USB Ant stick seemed the way to go for connecting to the Kickr and other devices.
    I have not been able to connect it to any devices at all. I doesn't pick up the Kickr, Garmin heart rate monitor or cadence devices.
    I can get to the point where my computer indicates that it has been installed and is ready to use, ie USB Ant Stick ready to use screen; but I cannot bring up the next screen which should attempt to detect devices.
    My computer tells me it is working properly and the Ant Agent goes searching but finds zero.
    I don't have a Garmin watch and really only want to use it with the Kickr and Trainer Road.
    Do I need to connect to Trainer Road first so that the stick will connect.
    Any advice from you or anyone else will be highly appreciated.
    Cheers
    Dennis

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yes, you need to use TrainerRoad to connect to your KICKR. The Garmin ANT Agent will actually need to be disabled in this setup.

      Reply
  93. dave m

    Does anyone know if 2 programs can access the Garmin stick simultaneously? IE: can you run TrainerRoad and CycleOps Virtual Training at the same time to record the same workout with one stick?

    Thanks for any insights or workarounds.

    Reply
  94. mx

    Hello, do you know if this USB will work with Tanita Wireless Scales, Tanita's BC-1000 and BF-2000 to be specific?. Dude, your article and blog are really cool. Keep it up!.

    Reply
  95. Reddy

    Hi:

    Great reviews. Went thru all the comments, googled but cannot seem to find a list of android phones that work with Suunto's Movestick. Can you point me to some link or list?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      All Android phones that support an OTG adapter, can support the Suunto Movesstick. But you're phone needs the OTG adapter.

      Check out this post here for a bit more detail: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Reply
    • Reddy replied

      I did look into that post. To support USB otg cable, the smartphone has to support "USB Host Mode" and it is not always clear which phones do. The expensive smartphones (iphone, experia Z, samsung Galaxy note..) support the otg cable.

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      I wish I could help there, but there's honestly so many different handsets and tiny variations within them. Sorry!

      Reply
    • Reddy replied

      Well, if you come across any info, please post it in an article and not in comments--will useful not just for me but a lot of others as well.

      Reply
  96. SolarKitty

    If Windows won't automatically find the Suunto drivers these instructions should do the trick without going the Garmin route.
    link to dm4.movescount.com

    Reply
  97. Reddy

    I should have asked this first: will Suunto's Movestick work with Android devices that can support USB otg cable (USB host mode)?
    Does it require drivers in Android?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yes, no problem there.

      Reply
    • Reddy replied

      What Android version does it require?
      Idea is to get a small tablet with a mini-USB port and use it rather than search for a phone less than $200 that supports USB otg. What do you think of this?

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      I'm not a deep Android person. You're probably better off asking on this thread here: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Reply
  98. Sorry if this is a silly question, but....

    If I have a phone that has ant+ (sony experia ray) can I use that connected to a computer without having to buy an extra usb stick? Or even better, connect devices to the phone and then have the phone connect to the computer via bluetooth?

    Reply
  99. Travis

    Thanks DC. Just ordered one in preparation of getting my IDT and setting up the pain cave. PS I also found the Suunto online much cheaper than the Garmin Variant

    Reply
  100. Geert

    Is the Suunto Movestick also compatible with the Suunto Ambit2 ?
    The Suunto website says that the Movestick is only compatible with the Suunto Ambit, Quest, M5, t6, t4, t3

    Reply
  101. Hey DC, I am thinking about giving up on the Elite my training app & moving to Trainerroad for inspiration. I take it this Suunto ant receiver will be compatible with the speed sensor I have bought to pair to the turbo muin (same one I see in the photo that elite sent you)?

    Given the issues I have been having with stretching the cable to read cadence I would probably use this set up which I hope you can validate:

    1. Garmin GSC for cadence
    2. Garmin HRM
    3. Elite speed sensor

    So those 3 different sensors can be connect simultaneously to the Suunto & communicate with trainer road?

    Cheers mate.

    peter

    Reply
  102. Yuriy

    Hi Ray,

    Will you advise which Forerunner models come with USB2 Ant+ sticks (compatible with Android OTA)?
    Is it true that models since year 2009 (60/310/410/610/910) most likely will have compatible stick?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Honestly, it's near impossible to tell at this point. The challenge is that Garmin (for good) updates the unit packaging to included the latest sticks. So for example, if you buy a brand-new FR310XT from Garmin themselves right now, you'll get the new tiny stick. But, if you buy one from a small retailer that may have been sitting on a shelf for 9 months, it won't have that. I wish I had a clear answer, but it's a shot in the dark.

      Reply
  103. Yuriy

    Thanks for the answer!
    But I assume that some older big sticks are also OTG compatible (if they marked as USB2...), aren't they?
    Do you remember from your experience when they started to provide USB2?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Correct, if marked USB2. I don't remember when though exactly unfortunately. I'm sorry!

      Reply
  104. JIm

    Does the Mini work with the Computrainer heartrate ant+ update?

    Reply
  105. Mr Nofish

    Hello Ray,

    any idea whether USB2 ANT+ sticks work on machines supporting only USB 1.1 ?

    I wanted to get that Suunto stick for Golden Cheetah, but my plan was to use an old laptop specifically for that task, and that doesn't support USB 2.0.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Eek, I'm not sure on that piece. I was trying to find a USB1.1 port around my house, but all are 2.0. Sorry!

      Reply
    • Mr Nofish replied

      No problem, USB 1.1 is really old stuff. Thanks for the quick reply!

      Reply
  106. Reddy

    Should I go for Suunto' Movestick or Dynastream's ANTUSB-m?
    This is for an Android phone

    Reply
  107. Jesse

    I tired the Suunto Movestick mini this past weekend using a laptop with W8. I downloaded Garmin ANT Agent and it states that it recognizes the Movestick, but it never picks up the signal from the Powertap G3 hub. I gave the wheel a few spins to make sure it was awake, but ANT Agent never stops searching.

    I also had Golden Cheetah open with the training mode and device searching and no signal was picked up from the G3.

    Not a hug deal to me since I record my training on either a Garmin 500 or 800 and upload to WKO, but so far I have not found a solution or reason why ANT Agent is not picking up the signal.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      The ANT Agent definitely won't find a PowerTap, it wasn't designed to. It was simply designed to transfer files from Garmin watches. You'll want to quit/disable it so it doesn't run.

      If it's running, it'll block Golden Cheetah from finding things from the stick.

      Reply
    • Jesse replied

      Thanks so much for the reply and letting me know that Agent was blocking GC from picking it up. In haste I did not read close enough what Agent was really used for.

      Reply
    • HF replied

      Jesse, where you ever able to get you Suunto working with your Powertap? I'm looking to purchase one for use with my Powertap and was curious to see if it worked. Also, have you tried it with an Android device?

      Thanks

      Reply
  108. Larry Nipon

    I have a computrainer, and heart rate has always been the weak link in their software. They recently added an ant+ patch that requires an ant+ usb stick. It specifically says 8 channel usb2 required. I have both a polar and a garmin ant+ heart strap. Does anyone know if the suunto ant+ movestick will work with the computrainer software and either of those heart straps?

    Reply
  109. Gabriel Raff

    Can I use one Mini USB ANT to load activities from several watches or deviceS? or each should have it own? thanks

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yup, no problem. I've got an entire desk full of watches, all sharing the same stick. Enjoy!

      Reply
  110. Michael

    I broke my Garmin stick while in my laptap and need a new one. Is the Suunto still recommended, or is the new Garmin M Stick a better choice? The Suunto is cheaper than the Garmin.

    Reply
  111. John

    This may sound off the wall, but your comments about the number of channels and the look of the Suunto struck me as very similar to my Logitech wireless mouse stick.

    It may be too good to be true, but just to make sure, might the wireless mouse stick suffice to pick up readings from my Garmin cadence and distance sensor, or my heart rate chest strap?

    Thanks,
    John

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      No, the Logitech mouse isn't using ANT/ANT+ unfortunately. Sorry!

      Reply
    • John replied

      Oh well, worth a question . . . thanks and thanks also for the good information on the Suunto - - not to mention all the other great information as well!

      John

      Reply
  112. I didn't know these existed! I just ordered one on Amazon Prime for $29 shipped to replace my Garmin one that I misplaced. Thanks DC Rainmaker!

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  113. Gearóid

    So I bought this and ultimately ended up returning it. It only detected my Garmin 310XT about 1 time in 5, and even in the end just stopped detecting it altogether. FWIW I'm running WIndows 8.1 64 bit and had the latest version of ANT Agent installed (2.3.4).

    And not only that, it ended up getting stuck in my USB port!! I removed the dongle but the metal casing remained inside. After much fiddling with a tweezers I got it out and put it straight into an envelope and returned to Amazon.

    Maybe I just got unlucky...

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  114. Rachael8000

    I thought the suunto mini could connect with ant+ but its suunto foot pod is only ant. Also it isn't cross compatible with garmin ant+ foot pod and I'm very disappointed. The suunto ant foot pod won't work for the outdoor interactive simulator online unless it is ant+.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Why do you say that?

      It does indeed, as many people have used it without problem. In fact, I've used it with Outside Interactive (assuming you have the iPad adapter).

      As for the ANT+ USB stick, it has never connected directly to the footpod (Suunto or Garmin). Rather, it requires an application to leverage that USB stick. For example, the Outside Interactive app on a PC. In that case, you just need to simply ensure the drivers are there.

      Finally, despite what the packages say, the Suunto footpod is dual ANT/ANT+.

      Reply
  115. Adam

    I have the Suunto Mini and it works. I'm having some dropout problems with TrainerRoad/KICKR in sprints -- maybe my appalling form is shaking things up. Does anybody know if the older Garmin USB2 stick had a better antenna?

    Alternatively i might put the suunto on the end of one of those active extension cables and bring it closer to the bike itself.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Strange. The antenna portion is the same from my understanding. I'd buy one of the cheap extension cables. You can usually find them on Amazon for about $5: link to amazon.com

      Reply
    • Brian replied

      I am starting to have similar dropout issues using Bluetooth 4.0 with Kickr/traineroad. I was searching to see if ANT+ would have better results ... apparently not. Adam, did you find a solution yet? I emailed support at Wahoo, and they are having me troubleshoot the kickr which seems to be getting nowhere. I found a blog with people talking about this issue and they recommended a ANTUSB-m doggle. Only problem is that I don't know exactly what that is.

      Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      The ANTUSB-m one is simply the mini one (M being for Mini), as seen here by Suunto, but also Garmin's new one.

      Reply
  116. johnnydelva

    so much packaging for such a small device...

    Reply
  117. Rob Bailey

    Does anyone know if this will work with a Garmin FR60 Black version? I got as a door prize not long ago at a fundraiser, but it is not much more than a HR monitor unless I can get the ANT+ key. I believe that the watch actually does operate as a GPS tracker for workouts, but can't get that unless the ANT+ key is working with it.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      Yup, it does.

      Reply
    • Claudio MV replied

      Rob, the FR60 does not have GPS. You can get distance and speed by pairing it to a foot pod, but you won't get route / position information. And the ANT+ USB stick will let you download the HR and (if you get a foot pod) distance info to a Mac/PC.

      Reply
  118. Angeline

    I have been unable to get this to work. I "just plugged in" the Suunto movestick mini, and no data transfer will occur. Do I need to install some kind of software? I have a Mac and a Garmin 910XT

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  119. Mike

    Could anyone recommend me a HRM to work with my Suunto movestick mini and my Bontrager node1.1 computer please? I'm using TrainerRoad with the Suunto movestick for speed and cadence (Duotrap).

    Ideally I would like an ANT+ HRM (to use with other gym kit) so long as it will work with the Suunto movestick mini although seems to be some conflicting guidance on whether this will work or not?

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    • DC Rainmaker replied

      Any ANT+ strap would be what you want for use with that stick, the Node and TrainerRoad, so you could do a Garmin HRM3 strap just fine. Probably the easiest to find: link to amazon.com

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    • Mike replied

      Thanks very much, purchased the Garmin Premium HRM and it works perfectly with Suunto stick and Bontrager Node 1.1

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  120. Fayaadh

    Sorry for the noob question or if this has been discussed already (I haven't read through the entire thread)...it seems the Suunto Movestick (PC POD) has been discontinued and only the Movestick Mini is now available. The key differences being size, and the ability to read & record HR info from the belt directly onto PC via the Movestick (up to 3 belts simultaneously), something lacking in the Movestick Mini. Is there any way around this? I have already bought the Movestick Mini following bad advice from a supplier, and it's worthless to me if I can't get the HR info without a wrist unit.

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  121. I can officially confirm that the Movestick mini works for the Garmin 910xt, which I am delighted about as it's really small and convenient and cost 2/3 of the Garmin Ant Stick.

    I was a little bit nervous to spend the money and find it didn't work, so I called Garmin South Africa who could NOT confirm for me that it worked. Strange that. Obviously brands want to keep it within the brand. Suunto couldn't confirm it for me either so trusted DCRainmaker and glad I did. Setup easy. Worked a treat. All data uploaded to Garmin Connect through Ant Agent.

    Going to get new Trainerroad account tomorrow and see if it connects nicely to my Power2max Power Meter. Excitement abounds.

    Thanks DC for your solid research / advice as always.

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  122. I can officially confirm that Suunto Movestick mini works with Garmin 910xt watch.

    Great little device and 2/3 of price of Garmin Antstick.

    Interestingly, neither Suunto nor Garmin would confirm for me whether it worked. Obviously try and stay as "in brand" as they can. Pretty frustrating really.

    Thanks DC for putting this out there. Just created a TrainerRoad account last night and will test whether it connects to my Power2max Power Meter tomorrow. Holding thumbs.

    Thanks DC.

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