Connection speed, by itself, was never my concern. I was obviously not very clear. I should have left the Comcast bashing off the end of the post, however the story has always stuck in my mind as being funny. (The tool, however, is still very useful for diagnosing/fixing connections and issues with them.)
oops I didn't notice it had been almost two weeks since I had posted in here originally...been moving... that sort of stuff.... this thread should probably be either closed or at least moved to technical. IMO, threads like this only help occasionally anyways, as individual circumstances are just too varied.