I'm trying to piece together a nice LMCE setup, and I'm at the part where I need to choose a VoIP provider (I am near Boston MA, so USA provider needed) and get phones and such. Most of the phone posts in the forum here don't have many replies and it seems not many people are using the phone features (from what I can tell).
I understand that I can use the LMCE systems as phones with a microphone and their speakers (which is excellent) but I have a few questions that I couldn't find in the forum.
Is there a particular provider I should/shouldn't use? I am only planning on one phone number and to use the LMCE box for voicemail, and occasionally have it forward to my cell.
Can I use an orbiter as a phone?
I see that the Cisco 7970 is a popular phone due to it also being able to be an orbiter (which is nice), are there any other phones that can also be orbiters?
If I also want just a cheap IP phone, will any Asterisk compatible phone work?
I saw a post about a "doorphone" - this sounds like an excellent feature and I'd like to do this, are there any known compatible hardware cameras for this? I'd like the call to "ring" all the systems in the house when the doorbell is pressed. If there aren't any specific products for this, would I just use a normal CCTV or IP camera and motion triggering?
Any other suggestions for phone stuff?