Does Nightscout only work with the Dexcom G4 Receiver paired with an Android Uploader?

17 Jul
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Does Nightscout only work with a Dexcom paired with an Android Uploader? 

The current Nightscout setup detailed on web page relates purely to a set up where the Dexcom G4 CGM receiver is paired with an android uploader. This is also the only setup that currently has a support team in place to assist with user queries.

However, some developers have produced alternative systems.

One such system is the CGM utility. This allows users to connect a Dexcom G4 receiver to a PC or Mac to upload data and operates on almost any platform that runs Chrome. This is available free here.

For non Dexcom G4 owners very early testing on systems that work alongside the Medtronic pump/CGM and Animas Vibe has commenced.

Please note that the non Dexcom G4 receiver projects are in the very early stages, are highly experimental, do not report values calculated by an approved CGM system and there is no support. Given the highly experimental nature of these projects it is strongly recommended that they are not utilized to monitor children.

More information on the following websites:


Medtronic Enlite CGM users can use Nightscout, however the setup is far different than Dexcom.  It is important to note that the Medtronic solution may show slightly different BG values than your Medtronic pump.  The Nightscout app reads sensor data directly from the transmitter and calculates BG using a non-Medtronic algorithm.  This data is then sent to your Nightscout website.

Animas Vibe

Please note that it is possible to utilize a standard Dexcom G4 receiver along with the Animas Vibe and the transmitter/sensor will send readings to both the Dexcom G4 receiver and your Vibe.  This would be the recommended route for Animas Vibe users. However, an alternate system is being developed and this is often referred to as the dexdrip. Information relating to the dexdrip project can be obtained on the link below.

There is also a blog on dexdrip here.