Originally Posted by jackforceus
Cable from switch goes to the patch panel. Any other devices like the NAS will goto the switch
All the cat6 from the house gets either punched into the patch panel or gets plugged in through RJ45 Is this correct?
The patch panel is noting more than a convenient place to terminate all the cat6 you have coming from the rest of the house. The patch panel will not do any switching. For any of those runs to be live they need to patched with another cable from the patch panel to a switch. If you're using the small Netgear unit in the third picture then you're only going to be able to connect a couple devices, otherwise you're going to need a couple large stackable switches.
So everything you said is correct except that MANY cables go from the switch to the patch panel, one for every drop that you want to activate.
As far as installation goes, I wouldn't hang a patch panel inside a rack like that because you end up with your rack tethered to the structure and it's hard to get to the back of the equipment. Probably better to hang the patch panel on the wall where it can live permanently and then run your patch cords from there to the back of the rack. That way if you need to do any heavy maintenance you can just unplug the patch cables, move the rack, and plug it all back in when you're done.