I have the first xbox and don't want to buy the router. when I try to use the wired connection it tells me to connect using Ethernet but I have the Ethernet connected to my laptop and connected to my wifi(shared)
Have Internet Connection Sharing turned on, to whatever is connected to your modem. If that's wireless, then have that turned on. Make sure that it's set to share with the Ethernet adapter on your computer. Then plug it in.
Honestly, doing it this way will give you inconsistent speeds, terrible latency (delay), and isn't really a good option if you're planning on doing any online multiplayer. Just go buy a router. You can get a cheap one for 20 bucks. :S
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