Originally Posted by fekish
But on the other side,
We could just connect at the end of the cable heads, and connect then straight to the switch?
I suppose one of the biggest drawbacks is that they won't be very tidy?
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Not sure what you mean by Cable Heads.
At each remote location in a new construction you would bring the cable into a wall mounted box and punch down the cable to a female Cat 6 socket. Basically at same height as your 120 V wall outlets.
At the Central Location in your basement or designated location, the cables all come into that location and get punched down to the Patch Panel. Next to the Patch Panel you mount your Switch and use short Male-Male jumpers to go between each port on the switch to each socket on the Patch panel. This should all be very neat and tidy with incoming cables bundled together and hopefully labeled as to which room or location they go to. Often labeling is just a letter and number and is put at both ends of the cable to facilitate any debug at a later time. It sounds like your electrician has done that before. As mentioned by Neurorad, it is a lot easier if the location is common for your phone, internet and audio/video distribution. Just be sure to label everything.