Thanks for the quick reply! Oh man that is an excellent idea. I wasn't aware that accept() worked like that, will try it and update with results.
Will also definitely take a look at that module, Net::Server. We are hesitant to move to completely different way of handling everything as we've invested a lot of time on our current implementation, but if we cant work out this issue may have to...REALLY regretting not having found that module when we first started, at first glance it looks pretty nice.