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I think we need to make sure you know the difference between a Patch Panel and a Switch.
When wiring a building, the Patch Panel is the place that all of the Cat 6 wires come into from their remote locations. The wire typically does not have plugs on the end and so it is "punched down" onto a Patch Panel. The Patch panel has Female Cat 6 sockets on it. One for each cable.
A Switch is a device that connects all of your remote cables to your router. The switch has female cat 6 sockets but has no ability to have wires "punched down"
As a result, you very likely need both the switch and the Patch Panel. The patch panel is at the central location and provides a socket interface for each cable. You would then connect short Jumper Cat 6 Cables (male-male) from the Patch Panel to the Switch. You can get around having a Patch panel by using cables with connectors but often the problem with that is that you need larger holes in the wall to pull a cable with a connector on it vs just pulling a 1/4" diameter cable. Pulling multiple cables through a channel with connectors on them is not the standard practice.
Not sure if this answered your question but thought it might help.
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