don't forget about your PING. from how you type i'd say your uk. as good as internet speeds are in the UK, your cross-atlantic connection may be well into the 150 ms range (amount of time it takes your 50 mb data packet to reach destination). gears 2 seems to work best with 50 ms ping or faster.
I just forced host on Ranked, using zonealarm, solo.
Apparently this works -