OK, this is weird as hell. I took my laptop and the docking station out to the living room, where the modem and router is. I plugged straight into the modem, nothing else in the way at all, not even the router. I did not work.
I brought it back in here to my bedroom where I intend on using it and hooked it back up so it least I could get power while I troubleshoot the next steps. When I plugged it in I went back into the networking center because I was going to enable the Wifi, and it said the ethernet was not plugged in. For days now it was not even there, and now it is showing up. I didn’t do anything different, no cables or anything were changed.
The only issue I have now is that the ethernet is “slow”. That is a relative term. I have 1 gig internet here. If I hook up to my laptop through an Amazon ethernet-to-USB adapter, I’m averaging around 950 Mbps over several speed tests. Connected to the Plugable ethernet port, I’m averaging around 150 Mbps. Interestingly enough, if I go from MoCA adapter --> ethernet-to-USB adapter --> USB port on the Plugable, I’m averaging around 300 Mbps. So I don’t know what’s going on with that exactly. I’m definitely not going to be going straight to my laptop with the adapter, I’ll be going through the docking station, I just hate to burn up one of the USB ports for ethernet when it has an already working (though slower) ethernet port.