A little new to the world of networking so I thought I would ask the experts. Am in an office that has network ports (of course) in the wall that lead to a patch panel. The patch panel cords then go into a switch. Router (I assume) is plugged into the switch as well. I was wondering this question. I have a 24 port unmanaged hp switch that I have and I am plugging 1 cord from the patch panel directly into the switch. This is for a laptop. I am wondering how the system recognized that it is on the network when it seems to me like it is just coming from the wall to the patch panel and from the panel into the switch. Where is the connection happening to connect to the network and all resources? Is it the router? Thanks for helping the novice.