It will connect to my work network which is WAP2 so I know I don't just have a switch turned off. I can see absolutely no reason why it cannot connect to my home network when it is completely unsecured. Someone please give me clue.
here's what i can think of that you can do -
check your ip address, if its set at obtain ip automatically, make sure dhcp is enabled.
Re-configure your wireless router, then cold reboot the router (turn it off completely then turn on).
As for your wireless configuration, you can start with no authentication.
you can also try to set the same authentication you use at work - wpa2
This problem has been resolved. As I suspected, there was nothing wrong with my router. Turns out the antenna was faulty. I exchanged the laptop for a new one and heve never had a problem since.