The chip gets hot very quickly, half a minute or so, after a minute it's pretty much untouchable..
As far as i've been reading up on this issues, the eth shield seems to be drawing A LOT of current, 150 mA or so, maybe there's a way to limit that current with a resistor or something so the shield would still work? I'm not sure how i would go about doing that tho..
Hm, ok.. Thanks for the advice. Let's say burning down my house isn't a likely outcome I know this isn't the right thread for this, but still the problem exists with using a temperature sensor, the heat from eth shield will set it off.. I'm thinking of isolating the temp sensor as much as possible on the pcb, but if i wrap everything up in a box, the heat will accumulate over time. Also, i just want to point out that for example ARM's ethernet controller gives off little to no heat, neither does the MCU and the prices are comparable now. This points to bad design of Arduino. Sorry, i don't wanna be a jerk and i know it's noone's fault here, but i just wanted to point it out..Thanks again for your help. Cheers, Val