A strategy to implement adaptive routing in irregular networks is presented and analyzed in this work. A simple and widely applicable deadlock avoidance method, applied to a ring embedded in the network topology, constitutes the basis of this high-performance packet switching. This adaptive router improves the network capabilities by allocating more resources to the fastest and most used virtual network, thus narrowing the performance gap with regular topologies. A thorough simulation process, which obtains statistically reliable measurements of irregular network behavior, has been car- ried out to evaluate it and compare with other state-of-the-art techniques. In all the experiments, our router exhibited the best behavior in terms of maximum/sustained performance and sensitivity to the network topology.