Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.
The reason why you can not get a connection on a standard phone line is because phone wires do not support nor carry the digital signal your Ethernet card requires.
You would need a cat5 twisted pair wire for it to work and standard phone lines do not fit under that category.
Now granted, DSL is carried over standard phone lines, but Ethernet and networking cables are entirely different arrangements.
So you need to string a new cat5 network wire from the router to the wired computer.
Now for wireless to work, your laptop has to search for the wireless networks that are in your area.
Your router's wireless should be setup to broadcast a wireless signal, it should be secured with a pass phrase, which is a password, you have to duplicate on your laptop.
Chances are your networks name is netgear, but you have to enter your wireless properties in your routers setup utility.
I can give you the instructions if you post the model number of your netgear router.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 07 September 2011 - 12:49 AM.