I have my EL icon on my dock (dial up)
It doesn't connect automatically (unless you set your connection that way, I guess)
If I just click it I get the normal 'connect' box. Same as if I click it in the start or right click the tray and choose sign in.
If you have your dialup show in the systray, you can also add the Object Dock Tray
. Adds a systray to the dock which also gives you the normal right click functions.