If you have new Internet service or changed your service to a high-speed Internet connection you may need to have a local area connection set up in order to get Internet access. Also if you have used your laptop at work under a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and start using it at home, you’ll need to make sure you have a local area connection specific to your home setup. This only applies if you don’t plan to use a wireless router. Wireless networking requires a different set of steps from an Ethernet connection.
Configure Windows XP for an Ethernet Connection
Click on the “Start” button. Open the “Control Panel” and double-click on “Network Connections.” If you do not see a Local Area Connection icon, it must first be created.
Click the icon for “Create a new connection” under Network Tasks. Click “Next” to continue. Click the “Connect to the Internet” option.
Select the “Set up my connection manually” option and click next. Select “Connect using a broadband connection that is always on.” Click Finish and plug the Ethernet cable into your computer.
Verify if the connection works after plugging in the cable. Windows configures the connection to request an IP address automatically. If your ISP assigned a specific address, right-click the “Local Area Connection” and click “Properties.”
Select the “Internet Protocol [TCP/IP]” component and click the “Properties” button. Select the “Use the following IP address” option and enter the information provided by your ISP. Do the same for the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option.
Click “OK” twice and test your Internet connection again. You may need to restart for the changes to take effect.