Powerline adapter for Gaming. Do I need a gigabit set up or standard ethernet?

I have BT Infinity, I get roughly 44mbps download and a ping of 24 when wired. Wirelessly ping can vary form 48 best to 300!

Wireless gaming is inconsistent to both a PC and an xbox - I think my neighbors wifi boosters knock out my signal when he turns it on.

So I'm looking at a powerline adapter set up. PC advisor recommends a ZyXel version with only ethernet connection, the ethernet 10/100 connector limits actual transfer rates too a maximum of 100mbps even though capable of 500mbps due to the connection port. Alternatively and more expensive they do a gigabit connection port version, which in theory can do up to the full 600mbps it claims dependent on the quality of the house power lines. But is this over kill? The PC Advisor review just looked at HD TV and movie streaming it never mentioned gaming. Do I need/want the extra speed for gaming? Would I notice a difference between the £25 100mbps limited 10/100 ethernet port and the £48 600mbps gigabit ethernet port? Especially as my internet is only 44mbps even if I upgrade it would only jump to a maximum 78Mbps. I read a few opinions online that the extra gigabit was needed for gaming, though no one said why.

Plus I want an additional plug so the 660mbps version comes up a lot more expensive - but if its that much better for gaming I'll get it. However is it? Or is it just over kill?

I'd really appreciate some informed opinions please as I have no idea and the more i read via google the more confused i seem to be getting.
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  1. The 200 mbps can do about 20-30 mbps in real life and the 500 can do about 70mbps in real life.

    For gaming you will definatly want the 500 mbps. TP-Link makes a good kit. Dont know how much it is there but its only $40 USD on newegg here.

    You can get a gigabit switch if you need more ports in one location, or you can get another adapter and link them together if you need it in a different location
  2. The 100mbit should be fine. I have played many online games and have not seen one yet that needs more than 256k upload/download! The quality connection and low latency (ping) is much more important. Even if you decide to do video over it, most online video comes in compressed at less than 3Mbit. Even if you have a local Media server and you do uncompredded HD you are looking at about 19Mbit (blue ray can get as high as 40Mbit). Anyway 100Mbit should be fine as long as you can get low latency with the powerline adapter.
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