The Lynx 3, Connectify, and wifi in the Bahamas

By Mike Jastrzebski

Before going to the Bahamas I purchased a Lynx 3 wifi antenna for the trip from WIFI Solutions. I want to be upfront about everything here. I’ve known the owner of WIFI Solutions, Al Francone, for about 6 years and worked with him for a couple of years at West Marine. I bought the Lynx because I knew Al and trusted his opinion on electronics, but I can assure you this review is non-biased.

The antenna worked perfectly for us the entire time that we were in the Bahamas, giving us great connections to both Bahamas WiMax and Out Island Internet. While there we used both services, and of the two I preferred Out Island. I had less trouble connecting to my iPad and my wife’s Netbook through Connectify with Out Island. Also, there were several days when I could not connect to Bahamas WiMax while we were in the Green Turtle Cay anchorage.

If you are not familiar with Connectify, it is a free program that allows you to use your PC as a router so that you can run more than one computer off your antenna. I have not been particularly happy with Connectify. It has trouble connecting my iPad to the internet and when it does connect it often doesn’t allow me to go online even when it shows that I am connected to the internet. Last week when I was frustrated with the service I decided to remove the software from my computer. When I went to remove it a note came up asking me why I was removing the program. I sent them a list of my problems and have not yet heard back from them. I wish I could get the program to work, but if I can’t use my iPad with the program it’s useless to me.

Getting back to the Lynx, I would like to say that I am completely satisfied with the antenna and highly recommend it to others. In fact, I am using it right now as I write this blog. Harbortown Marina, where we are staying  for the next couple of months, has free wifi. Without my antenna I find that I have 2 bars, occasionally 3 bars, in my notification tray. I have set up our antenna inside the boat leaning against our mast and find that I have 4-5 bars. I know that I could get 5 bars all the time by moving the antenna outside, but it’s just easier this way.

I spoke with Al yesterday and he told me he now has a router that works well with the Lynx, so I ordered one and he said he would ship it out today. After I’ve had a chance to try it out here at the marina I’ll do another post and let you know how it works and how easy it is to use.

As a final thought, if you go to the Bahamas and want internet service, you need an antenna. If you are interested in more information on the Lynx, contact Al Francone at www.wifisolutionslynx.com.

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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2 Responses to The Lynx 3, Connectify, and wifi in the Bahamas

  1. Barb says:

    Just some additional info. If you are a bit techie you don’t need any additional software to wirelessly connect your Ipads, Ipods etc to your wired connection. Here are two links, one for PC’s and one for Mac’s (Which is really easy)

    PC’s (additional links for Vista & Xp in article)
    http://lifehacker.com/5369381/turn-your-windows-7-pc-into-a-wireless-hotspot

    MAC
    http://lifehacker.com/283088/share-your-macs-internet-connection-wirelessly

  2. Thanks for the info Barb.

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