Need to know some basics of networking. I am looking at our wiring closet and see all of the cables for the whole building coming into the patch panel. Then there is a cable plugged into each of the patch panels ports and plugged into the ports on our 2 HP procurve switches. These switches are configured with IP addresses. My question is, where is the communication between the switch and the rest of the network? What is causing this scenario to be a network? It seems like there are just cables plugged into a switch. Is there a connection somewhere that communicates with the server? I am just learning this stuff and thought I would get a "good" answer from you guys.