Showing posts from January, 2017

REVIEW: Lynx's Free Wi-Fi Service

We broke the news back in November that free Wi-Fi internet service would be coming soon to Lynx buses, and in early January, Lynx installed the necessary equipment on its' 300 bus fleet and turned on the service for passenger use.

I tried it out over several rides the past two weeks and came away mostly satisfied with the free service.


Overall, the speed of the internet connection felt similar to 3G cellular internet, or slightly slower than my home Wi-Fi and considerably slower than 4G cellular. It was acceptable given the nature of the service (on a moving vehicle) and the price point (free).
The speed and connection was generally consistent, with one exception where the service slowed to a crawl and a web page took nearly 5 minutes to load.
High-bandwidth uses, like most streaming video, Skype and downloading/uploading large files were blocked, though I was able to get a few shorter, non-HD video clips to play.

Obviously, speed will be affected by the number of users, a…

Have You Tried Lynx Lately?

I got this note from David Porter, Editor at and creator of this blog, about his experience on Lynx this past Saturday when he rode to Downtown Orlando for the Central Florida Women's Rally. As he said, he's not a frequent Lynx rider, but he seemed to walk away generally satisfied with the experience.

Concerned about parking in downtown Orlando Saturday where I was headed to cover the Women's Rally I decided to park at the Walmart on Orange near Michigan and rode the bus to downtown. I hate to admit this was only about the 6th time in my life (been here since 1984) that I rode Lynx.
It worked perfectly and cost me only $4, which is actually cheaper than Uber. ... The Lynx schedule leaves a lot be desired, but it's certainly better than SunRail. Now that the buses have free Wi-Fi, in many ways Lynx is on an equal footing, if not better than SunRail
OK, granted there can be a unique set of "characters" on some Lynx buses, they are not …