So while shopping for the LeEco 55" tv I see an Asus RT-AC1900 router with a $45 price tag.
Brickseek shows multiple hits around my area for $45 but YMMV
It looks just like the RT-A68 models but with a faster cpu inside. Not sure of any other differences but it is Merlin compatible. Should be easier than converting the T-Mobile version.
There was a deal posted on this a little over a month ago for 25 cents less but I don't think anyone was re-creating it. Hopefully this works better for some.