In case it wasn't apparent already, I know next to nothing about networking, and I barely know the meaning of any of these terms I'm using So what options do we have? Is there some way to enable the ethernet connection, or not? I thought maybe the ethernet port was disabled in the BIOS, but when I accessed it it was the most basic BIOS I have ever seen, and mentioned nothing about ports. Also, the port does seem to be recognised in various menus within windows. So can anyone think of a reason why it's not recognising the modem? Is that port simply not intended for/compatible with a cable modem?
So, if the ethernet port is out, how can we get another USB connection with the modem? It only seems to have one port for a USB cable in the back, does that mean only one USB connection full stop, or do we need a router or a hub or something? I don't suppose it could be as simple as getting a cable splitter that will branch into two USB connectors?
We're looking for the cheapest and quickest solution.