Mate of mine is moving premises and wants to set up a network that he can hopefully expand easily later. He asked me if I could do it and I said I don't see why not. He has a mate that will put all the trunking and cables in but can't wire them up We have planned and will fit 16 network sockets dotted around the building. I haven't installed one before but wiring everything up is simple enough I have got the punchdown tools and tester. Only 9/10 will be used initially. Obviously all the trunking and cables will be coming back to the switch in his main office. His exact words were 'I don't want a snakes nest under the desk like I have here'. My questions are Would I have a need for a patch panel ? I can't see any obvious advantages. Would I need a managed switch or could I use an unmanaged one. A couple of machines he has will need an fixed IP address but I can configure that at the router. I have not needed a managed one on my home network and am not all that familiar with them. I have read up a bit online but it seems a bit OTT for our needs unless I am misunderstanding it. Would it make sense to have a second switch at another point in the building near where the machines are and run less cables in the trunking back to the main switch? Cheers for any advice.