This 100ft Cat5e Network Cable is made for direct burial. No conduit needed. Solid CMXT Cat5e Ethernet cable; ideal for permanent outdoor/direct burial network runs. This cable is a black CMXT solid cable with water proof tape. The individual conductors are 24 AWG (American wire gauge) solid pure copper. Pure copper conductors provide the best signal possible. The cable exceeds the EIA/TIA-568-C standards.