Well I feel a little stupid, a little happy, and a little smart. I wanted to figure out what was wrong with the Comms and after using the Linux version, which I knew wouldn't work, I found the right location for it's properties file. After putting back the win32 comms.jar and moving the properties to the lib dir, it worked just fine. Well I'm getting timeouts but without anything connected I expect that.
For my system, as an example if you want to tweak the wiki a bit..