Garmin Forerunner 405 ANT+ protocol

4:29 pm freesoftware, General, running

Anyone anywhere know anyone working for Garmin who might be able to put me in touch with someone who can tell me what the ANT+ communication protocol is, so that I can give it to the good people developing gant, so that they can fix their driver to not crash in the middle of a transfer please? It seems to break for me for any transfer with more than one track.

I can see absolutely no competitive reason to keep the protocol private, it’s almost completely reverse engineered already, and this would cost Garmin essentially nothing, and allow us poor Linux users a way to get our tracks off our watches. The problem is there’s an inertia in keeping this stuff private. It’s hard to get the person with the knowledge (the engineer) and the person with signing power to publish the protocol (a VP probably) in the same place with the person who wants the information (little ol’ me) – it can take hours of justifications & emails & meetings… Can anyone help short-curcuit the problem by helping me get the name of the engineer & the manager involved?

Thanks!

One Response

  1. samuel Says:

    Don’t know if you knew these?

    I’ve had no problems at all downloading my data using these 2. Still annoying and indeed Garmin should just release whatever is needed.

    http://forums.motionbased.com/smf/index.php?topic=2590.40

    http://www.sbrk.co.uk/ant0_2.tar.gz
    svn co http://darkskiez.co.uk/svn/forerunnerdecoder/trunk/