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What is the difference between ANT and ANT+?

ANT is a purpose-built ultra-low-power wireless networking protocol operating at 2.4GHz. ANT+ is an implementation of ANT and is an ecosystem of interoperable products built on device profiles.

What is a device profile?

An ANT+ device profile is a specification that defines how ANT network nodes should connect and share or transfer activity or application-specific data between one another. By building products on the device profiles, the ANT+ product ecosystem maintains internal interoperability that is easier to sell and to buy.

Is it Bluetooth?

Although ANT and Bluetooth Smart share many characteristics (including range and power consumption, and both run at 2.4GHz), ANT is its own protocol. ANT offers more flexible network topologies, and you can get chips and modules that are capable of running both ANT and Bluetooth Smart.

Is ANT just for sports applications?

No, ANT is generally applicable and is suited for many residential, commercial and industrial sensing and control applications outside of sport and fitness. ANT’s topology flexibility allows it to adapt to many different use cases. ANT+ is an ecosystem predominantly for sport and fitness applications that is built and runs on ANT.

How do I get started?

There are many resources to help you get started with using ANT and ANT+.

Is there a list of products that support ANT+?

The ANT Wireless website hosts a searchable and filterable product directory that contains more than 600 listings of commercially available ANT+ certified products.

Can ANT+ and ANT devices communicate to the same display?

Yes.