Connecting a netbook to a wired home network in Windows XP If you're using a modem and don't have a router or gateway, you can follow the instructions below to connect your netbook directly to the modem and access the Internet.
You can also use an Ethernet cable to connect a netbook to your wired home network through a router or gateway. This allows you to connect your netbook and other devices to your network while taking advantage of the greater speed and security of a wired network.
To connect your netbook to a wired home network using a modem:
To connect your netbook to a wired home network using a router or gateway: