|The lack of a Modem on a modern laptop is not something to be overly concerned about. It will be referring to the lack of a 56K dial up modem which was the normal way of getting on-line at one time and laptops often came with one built in. To get on-line with broadband you need a broadband Modem and I have yet to see a laptop with a broadband Modem built in they are usually plug-in devises.|
In that case the laptop doesn't know whether there is a Modem connected or not. All it sees is an Ethernet or USB device that just happens to be a Modem. Broadband Modems are often supplied by your ISP as part of the package.