Wireless Connectivity for ELEMNT, BOLT, and ROAM

ELEMNT, BOLT, and ROAM computer connection types

  • GPS
    • to receive location data from GPS satellites
  • Bluetooth
    • to connect to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet
  • ANT+ / Bluetooth
    • to connect speed, cadence, heart rate, power, and other sensors or trainers
  • Data / internet
    • indirect connection via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi antennas
  • Wi-Fi
    • direct connection on ELEMNT computer

Requirements by connection type

Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)

  • A device capable of running the current version of the ELEMNT app. Currently iOS 13+ and stock Android 9+. For more details, see Device compatibility [ELEMNT app]
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • All requested Bluetooth and location permissions confirmed.

ANT+ / Bluetooth (to speed, cadence, heart rate, power, and other sensors or trainers)

Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)

  • An active data / internet connection for your phone
    • Cell data network in range OR
    • Wi-Fi network in range, saved, and authenticated on your phone / tablet

Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet) for setup / authentication
  • a 2.4 Ghz network,
    • set to a channel 1-9
    • within range of the computer
    • that is authenticated via simple text password, not a secondary splash page
    • that does not have MAC address filtering/whitelisting enabled
      • In order to support privacy/safety, ELEMNT computers produce randomized MAC addresses upon restart
    • In the absence of a local Wi-Fi network, you may be able to use a second phone (not the one used to pair the computer to the ELEMNT app) to create a hotspot.

 

How to connect

Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on cell phone or tablet)

See the Pair an ELEMNT, BOLT, or ROAM to the ELEMNT companion app article.


ANT+ / Bluetooth (to speed, cadence, heart rate, and power sensors or trainers)

See the Pair sensors to ELEMNT, BOLT, or ROAM article.

 

Wi-Fi (direct connection to the ELEMNT computer)

See the Connect ELEMNT, BOLT, or ROAM to Wi-Fi article.


Connectivity requirements by ELEMNT Feature

CUSTOMIZE

Customize ELEMNT settings or page data fields

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To transmit the setting change to the ELEMNT computer

 

ALERTS / NOTIFICATIONS

Receive text, call, or email alert 

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To transmit the alert to the ELEMNT computer
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To receive the text, call, or email on your phone

COMPLETED RIDES

Sync a completed ride via the ELEMNT app

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To upload the file to the ELEMNT app
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To upload the file from the ELEMNT app to the Wahoo Cloud

Sync a completed ride via Wi-Fi direct from the ELEMNT computer

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet) 
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To upload the file to the Wahoo Cloud

FIRMWARE

Update firmware

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To transfer firmware files. Bluetooth cannot transfer such large files

LIVETRACK

Send LiveTrack location information

  • GPS 
    • to identify your (computer's) location
  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To transmit the ride GPS data to the ELEMNT app
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To transmit the ride data to the Wahoo Cloud for remote access.

MAPS

Update maps

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
    • To control which maps to add/remove in the ELEMNT app
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To transfer map files. Bluetooth cannot transfer such large files.

PLANNED WORKOUTS

Sync a planned workout to an ELEMNT

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To sync the planned workout file to the ELEMNT
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To download the route files from the Wahoo Cloud/3rd party service

Sync multiple planned workouts to an ELEMNT

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To download multiple planned workout files. Bluetooth cannot transfer multiple files quickly.

ROUTES

Sync a single route to an ELEMNT computer

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To sync the route file to the ELEMNT
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To allow the ELEMNT app to process the route file.

Sync multiple / all routes to an ELEMNT computer

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To download multiple route files. Bluetooth cannot transfer multiple files quickly.

Share a route privately

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To sync the route file to the ELEMNT
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To allow the ELEMNT app to process the route file.

Share a route publicly

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To sync the route file to the ELEMNT
  • Data / internet (via the ELEMNT app using phone/tablet cell or Wi-Fi connection)
    • To allow the ELEMNT app to process the route file.

Sync a route shared privately

Sync a route shared publicly

 

STRAVA SEGMENTS

Sync all selected Strava segments to an ELEMNT

  • Bluetooth (to ELEMNT app on phone / tablet)
    • To set up the direct Wi-Fi connection initially
  • Wi-Fi (direct connection on ELEMNT computer)
    • To download multiple segments. Bluetooth cannot transfer multiple files quickly.

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