What is the difference between stranded cat5 cable and solid? Well to put it simply stranded CAT5E cable is ideal for building your own patch cables or any application where you need more flexibility than solid cable offers. Cables For Less carries a complete line of CAT5e stranded bulk cable. Offered in both varieties, unshielded and shielded, our cat5 stranded cable comes in several colors to make identification easy. This stranded bulk cat5e cable comes in an easy to use pull box at a 1,000 foot length.