Hoping this is the correct place to post this, seen as its to do with networking i guess so.

Basically I'm in the process of networking (cabling) my house up and don't understand the point of a patch panel.
What is the advantage of using this over say a large switch (24 ports or so) and having the router plug into the switch and all the house out ports connected to the different plugs/ports?

As i see it, its just another layer of problems...

The plan is to run wires to various parts of the house, some in duplex, some quad, others single, and they all run back to the one place. where the switch and router are (or patch panel and router). Why would i use a patch panel over switch?

Any advice welcome,
Steve