Roadrunner Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

This guide will walk you through the Roadrunner ( email settings to get the most out of the hosting and mail services while avoiding unnecessary troubleshooting problems.

Roadrunner / TWC SMTP Settings

Because supports IMAP and SMTP, you are not needed to use the Roadrunner webmail service. For desktop mail applications to connect to your account, you need the following SMTP settings:

Option Description
SMTP Host:
SMTP Port: 587 SSL/TLS
SMTP Username: Your full email address (
SMTP Password: Your mail account password

Roadrunner Email Settings For Receiving Messages

You'll need the following IMAP and POP settings to access your email account from a desktop mail client.

Roadrunner / TWC POP settings

Option Description
POP3 Host:
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (
POP3 Password: Your mail account password

Roadrunner / TWC IMAP settings

Option Description
IMAP Host:
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (
IMAP Password: Your mail account password

Additional Notes to Remember

In 2012, the networks replaced the Road Runner brand with the Time Warner Cable brand. In 2016, TWC was acquired by Charter Communications, and the service is now known as Spectrum Internet. There are around 9 million mailboxes there right now.

You may get into your Roadrunner email account at

💡 Note: Although you cannot create a new Roadrunner mail account, you may access any existing Roadrunner email, TWC mail, or RR webmail account through Spectrum services.

Looking for Charter mail settings or mail settings? Our Blog's Email Settings category contains specs for all major mail service providers.

POP3 vs. IMAP: What's The Difference?

When configuring a mail address in your client application, you must decide between setting it up as POP3 or IMAP. You can connect to the mail server to read your emails using an email client. IMAP and POP3 are the most widely used standard protocols for email retrieval. These protocols are supported by nearly all mail clients and servers today.

Email clients use POP3, an application layer protocol, to obtain a message from mail servers via a TCP/IP network. POP3 stands for Post Office Protocol Version 3. IT professionals designed POP to move messages from a server to a local disk, but version 3 now gives users the choice to keep a copy on the server.

💡 Note: Although POP3 is a very simple protocol, it limits its application. POP3, for example, only permits the usage of one mail server per mailbox. It is no longer in use now because of modern protocols like IMAP.

The Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), a widely used Internet protocol, allows email clients to get emails from mail servers. RFC 3501 is the standard that details IMAP.

IMAP is intended to aggregate messages from several mail servers into the user's inbox. A common illustration is a business client who manages many corporate accounts using a local mailbox on her workstation.

Message Accessing Agents, such as POP3 and IMAP, are frequently used to retrieve messages from a mail server and deliver them to receiver systems. Both protocols aid in configuring filters for spam and viruses. IMAP is recommended if you want to access your email from many devices. This capability includes work computers and a smartphone. POP3 works better if you only have one device and a lot of emails. It is also preferred if you need to see your emails offline due to a poor internet connection.

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