Maybe this will help if you're still having problems.
Make sure your laptop is connected using your ethernet cable. If possible turn off the wireless on the laptop. I expect you are running Windows 8 on your laptop. Nearest equivalent I have is Windows 7 so what follows may not be quite the same for you...
Click the start button and select Control Panel
In the control panel select Network and Sharing Center
In that window you should see a "link" called Local Area Connection - click it
You should now see a window called Local Area Connection Status
In that window select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP IPv4)
Click on Properties
click on the button Use Following IP Address and...
set the IP Address to 192.168.001.030
The subnet should now show 255.255.255.255
Set the Default Gateway to 192.168.1.254
click on the button Use Following DNS Server Addresses
enter 008.008.008.008 for the first one and...
008.008.004.004 for the second one.
Come out of al those windows clicking OK/Save or whatever the windows need to do the changes.
Now try to access whatever web page you want via your browser e.g. google.co.uk
If the changes don't work you can easily get back to where you were by selecting "Automatically obtain..." in that last screen you were on.
If the changes do work you can do the same for the wireless connection (unplug the ethernet cable and re-enable wireless on your laptop if you turned it off before going for network connections again). ENsure that you set a different IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.31) for the wireless connection - all other settings should be the same as for the wired connection.
Basically the hub will dish out local area network (LAN) addresses to each machine if on "Automatic". It will normally do so in the range 192.168.1.64 to 192.168.1.253 so by setting your laptop to (say) 30 it won't conflict with any automatically set devices (duplicate LAN addresses would cause other nasty problems!).
Also, the DNS addresses I've recommended are those of Google's Public domain name servers (DNS) which are the computers on the web that translate web page "names" (what you put in the browser) to IP addresses that are needed to look up the pages.
Hope that helps
Sorry - update re my earlier message - the subnet mask should be 255.255.255.000 NOT 255.255.255.255