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I have a Netgear WG111v2 sub wireless adapter. Every once in a while, maybe every hour or two, I have to disconnect it for a minute or two because (this is just a theory) it overheats. This causes random and sometimes inconvenient disconnects from the internet. I was wondering if attaching ramsinks would help but wanted a little more knowledgeable advice. Also, I don't want to buy a pci/pci-e wireless adapter so please to recommend one. Thanks.
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I have a Netgear WG111v2 sub wireless adapter. Every once in a while, maybe every hour or two, I have to disconnect it for a minute or two because (this is just a theory) it overheats. This causes random and sometimes inconvenient disconnects from the internet. I was wondering if attaching ramsinks would help but wanted a little more knowledgeable advice. Also, I don't want to buy a pci/pci-e wireless adapter so please to recommend one. Thanks.
It REALLY should not get that hot. I don't have that particular NIC, but I do have a Buffalo Technology 802.11n USB adapter and it doesn't even get warm after a week of sustained usage (on a 802.11n network, not 802.11g).

Do you connect it just to the back of your tower? Can you try running a USB2.0 extension cable from the back of the computer out to somewhere else that's maybe got a bit more airflow?
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Yup, those adapters can get hot, especially the higher mw rated ones. Better airflow or some sinks (with proper interface material can make a difference). Also keep in mind that conductivity changes for the worse when a material gets hot, so that could explain the network drops.
    
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