Using laptop on someone elses cable connection

Hey all, Im staying at my uncles on vacation and he has time warner cable broadband. I brought my laptop and tried just swapping the lan cable from the back of his desktop into my laptop to get internet connection and it wont work. Is there anyway i can make this work or will i need a router?
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  1. It should just all auto configure and work. Unless your laptop network card is set to be a static IP
    What OS are you useing?

    I wonder if the ISP have only allowed your uncles desktop MAC address to the internet. My friend's ISP did that to him.
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